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Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

35 Min

Add a touch of fancy to your after-dinner dessert with our recipe for Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce. You can even get creative with the presentation by making a chocolate swirl on the rim of the plate before drizzling over the pear!

What You'll Need

  • 4 firm Bartlett pears, peeled
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk

What to Do

  1. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear and stand the pears in a medium saucepan. Add the water, cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and the nutmeg. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the pears are tender; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Slowly whisk in the milk until smooth then bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until thickened. Allow to cool slightly.

  3. Spoon a tablespoonful of warm chocolate sauce onto each of 4 dessert plates. Place the pears on the sauce and spoon more sauce over each, allowing the chocolate to drip down the sides of the pears. Serve immediately.


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