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Maple Spice Poached Pears
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Maple Spice Poached Pears

Golden pears in maple-coloured syrup is an elegant, delicious dessert. Cooling the pears in the poaching liquid prevents their discolouration.

By The Canadian Living Test Ktichen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: March 2007

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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  • Portion size 6


  • 1 cup 1cupapple juiceapple juice
  • 1 cup 1cupmaple syrup
  • 4 whole 4wholeclovecloves
  • 1 1cinnamon stickcinnamon sticks
  • 6 firm 6firmripe pearpears, with stems
  • 1 cup 1cupBalkan-style plain yogurt
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In large saucepan, bring 2 cups (500 mL) water, apple juice, maple syrup, cloves and cinnamon stick to boil.

Meanwhile, starting at bottom of each, peel pears, leaving stem intact. Using paring knife or melon baller, scoop out core through bottom; trim bottom to level. Stand in maple syrup mixture.

Place round of parchment paper same size as saucepan over pears; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, about 12 minutes. Let cool in liquid, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, set cheesecloth-lined sieve over bowl; spoon in yogurt. Cover and refrigerate until reduced to about 2/3 cup (150 mL), about 1 hour.

With slotted spoon, transfer pears to plate; set aside. Discard cloves and cinnamon. Bring liquid to boil; boil until reduced to 1 cup (250 mL) syrup, about 18 minutes.

Stand 1 pear on each plate; evenly spoon syrup over pears. Add spoonful of drained yogurt to each plate.

Additional information : Variation
French Toast with Maple Spice Poached Pears: Cook pears in syrup as directed and continue with recipe. Peel and cut pears into halves, quarters or slices.

In shallow dish, whisk together 3 eggs, 1/3 cup (75 mL) milk and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon. Dip 8 thick slices of raisin bread into egg mixture, turning to coat and soak up liquid.

In large nonstick skillet, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter over medium heat until bubbly. Fry soaked bread, in batches, adding 1 tbsp (15 mL) more butter as necessary and turning once, until golden, about 6 minutes.

Arrange 2 slices french toast on each plate. Top with pears and spoonful of drained yogurt. Drizzle with syrup.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 294 pro 2g total fat 3g sat. fat 2g
carb 69g fibre 5g chol 7mg sodium 23mg

% RDI:

calcium 10 iron 8 vit A 2 vit C 32
folate 6
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