Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Cranberry Juice-Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Were you paying attention? Did you notice that between my Lunar New Year post and Valentine's Day, I showed you all red recipes? :) This recipe came about by using up cranberry juice left over from lil' sis's New Year's Eve party. Don't worry, I made this months ago, it's not juice that's been sitting in the fridge for months. :P Anyway, normally I love red wine-poached pears but I don't drink much wine these days and didn't want to waste a bottle. Also, this way, the cranberry juice creates a lovely thick syrup to drizzle over the ice cream. I had one lonely pear to use up, so obviously use more juice if you want to serve more than just yourself.
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Cranberry Juice-Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream For one serving, you'll need: 1 pear, sliced in half and cored 1 cup cranberry juice 2 tblsp sugar, or more if you've got a sweeter tooth than mine I used a somewhat ripe Bosc pear for this so that it wasn't too hard, but not too soft. Slice in half and hollow out the core. In a small pan on medium to medium-low heat, stir 2 tblsp of sugar into 1 cup cranberry juice until dissolved. Add pear halves and let simmer until the cranberry juice thickens into a sauce. This takes about 15 minutes or so. Make sure to check and flip the pears so the color is evenly coated. The sugars in the juice should form a nicely caramelized sauce. Spoon pears into a shallow bowl, add some vanilla ice cream, and drizzle hot cranberry sauce on top. Enjoy! ***** 1 year ago today, the best maple bars ever at Miss Donuts & Bagel - La Verne.

8 comments:

  1. lovely combination of this different flavor in one dessert!! yummmy

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  2. Looks good! I wonder how it would taste if you poached the pears in your blood orange juice instead.

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  3. ahhh..love this cranberry pear combi.

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  4. Dhanggit,
    The tartness of the cranberry juice offset the sweetness of the ice cream perfectly.

    Marvin,
    I bet the blood oranges would be lovely too. I made this before blood oranges came into season or else I probably would have tried.

    Daphne,
    Thanks!

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  5. Simple and elegant! I love it!

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  6. HC,
    I always try to keep things as simple as possible. ;)

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  7. What a tasty and simple way to satisfy a sweet tooth! Does this work with over riped pears? I don't like eating really soft pears, so this would be a good way to not waste them if I forget to eat all my pears while they are still firm.

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  8. Jeannie,
    I don't like eating soft pears either. The pear I used was pretty soft so that's why it doesn't have the top pointy part. Just be carefully when flipping it in the pan.

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