Pears Belle Helene

Photography, Foodivine studio

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 25 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine


Vanilla-Poached Pears:
Chocolate Sauce:


Vanilla-Poached Pears

Peel pears, keeping stems intact. Using melon baller or teaspoon, carefully remove core through the base so that pears remain whole. If necessary, slightly cut base of pears so they stand upright. Set aside.

In saucepan, bring sugar, 4 cups water, lemon juice, vanilla pod and seeds to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Place reserved pears upright in syrup; cook, turn­ing pears every 5 minutes, until tender when pierced with tip of knife, about 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let pears cool in syrup.

Chocolate Sauce

In small saucepan, bring milk, cream and sugar to boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove pan from heat; Whisk in chocolate until melted and sauce is smooth.

Divide Vanilla-Poached Pears among small plates, placing upright. Pour Chocolate Sauce over pears.

Test kitchen tip

Save the pear poaching syrup for another use. It will keep, stored in an airtight container, for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Nutritional facts PER SERVING

  • Iron 3.0 mg
  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sodium 20 mg
  • Sugars 26 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 275
  • Total fat 15 g
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Saturated fat 9 g
  • Total carbohydrate 32 g
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