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Poached pears in fruit juice is an elegant ending to any holiday or Shabbat meal and it takes only minutes to make.
The Backstory: This delicious dessert is a perfect choice for the High Holidays, a special occasion, or anytime you want something sweet, but don’t want to indulge in anything too rich or too high in calories or refined sugars. Remember, the idea is to be able to enjoy desserts in moderation and these mouth-watering juicy pears with fruit juice and fresh raspberries or blueberries (with my scrumptious sauce) are a perfect way to do so. More of the Backstory after the recipe…
Poached Pears in Fruit Juice - Healthy Option
- 4 cups medium pears, peeled and sliced approx. 4-5 medium pears
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. orange juice
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tbsp. grated orange rind
- 1/2 cup 100% cranberry juice
- 2 tbsp. sherry can be substituted with sweet wine or cranberry juice
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1 cup fresh blueberries and/or raspberries
Place pears, lemon juice and orange juice in a saucepan and cook for 4-5 minutes while stirring.
Add sugar, orange rind, and cranberry juice. Bring to a boil and cook for 4-5 minutes or until pears are slightly tender, while continuing to stir.
Add sherry and bring back to a boil.
Mix cornstarch and water to make a paste and gradually add to the boiling mixture until thickened.
Mix in the berries and stir gently. Spoon into parfait glasses. Serve hot or cold.
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…The Backstory continues: You can find this recipe and many more in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Broiled Salmon with Garlic and Tarragon to Beef Brisket with Gravy–that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!