Ginger-Poached Pears with Ice Cream and Blueberries

This dish is so simple, yet could be served at any elegant dinner party. It is equally good warm or cold, and makes a great addition to[ a Sunday Brunch.]

Total Time:
17 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 one-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2 firm pears, such as Bosc or Anjou, peeled, cut into thin wedges, cut core away as you work
  • 1 pint French vanilla bean ice cream
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Directions

In a saucepan, bring the water, ginger, sugar, and lemon zest to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the pears, and when the pot returns to a boil, reduce the heat to a medium-low to maintain the simmer. Cook the pears until very soft when pierced with a knife (but not falling apart), about 12 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and using a slotted spoon, divide the pears among 4 dessert cups or ice cream dishes.

Add scoops of ice cream to the pears and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon then tumble some fresh blueberries over each serving.


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