Poached Pears

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cinnamon stick

Peel from 1/2 orange

Juice of 1/2 orange

8 small pears

Quick Chocolate Sauce, recipe follows

Quick Chocolate Sauce: 

1/3 cup heavy cream

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups water, sugar, cinnamon stick, orange peel, and orange juice to a boil.
  2. Peel the pears, leaving the stem intact. Core the pears from the bottom using a corer or vegetable peeler.
  3. Add the pears to the simple syrup, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the pears are tender, but not mushy, about 15 minutes. Chill the pears in the syrup.
  4. Place the pear standing up on a dessert plate and drizzle with the chocolate sauce.

Quick Chocolate Sauce: 

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat the heavy cream to hot, but not boiling in the microwave, about 15 to 20 seconds. Pour over the chocolate chips and let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. Mix until smooth and serve.
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