Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cooks Corner Recipe: Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce


If chocolate is your heart’s desire, pair it with pears. This healthy dessert for your sweetheart provides fiber, piquant lemon (what relationship doesn’t need a little tang?) and a version of chocolate that is low in fat . It’s quick and easy, too!

Makes 4 servings.
Per serving:122 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 32 g carbohydrates,
<1 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 7 mg sodium.

  • 4 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Grated rind and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 fresh, ripe pears
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cherries or dried cranberries (optional)


  1. In large saucepan, combine water, sugar, lemon rind, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick.  Bring to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Peel, halve and core pears. Add pears to boiling syrup. (Pears should be covered in liquid; if not, double the amount of poaching liquid or poach in batches.)  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently 15-20 minutes until pears almost tender.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool in liquid. Drain pears thoroughly and pat dry on paper towels. Place halves on individual plates. 
  4. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with dried cherries or cranberries. Serve at room temperature.

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Source: AICR Health E-Recipe 12-14-2010 Issue 327


  1. YUM! I did a demo with pears this week at the store. This recipe would have been a huge hit!

    I hope your holiday season is going well, Anthony! Merry EARLY Christmas :)

  2. Thank you Gina! I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and a very Merry Christmas to you, Nick and your families, too!

    All the best,