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Poached Pears

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


  • 4 firm ripe pears
  • 1 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


Slice pears lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon. Place pears, sliced side up, in a large nonstick skillet. Add orange juice and brown sugar. Bring to medium-high heat. Cover pan with lid or aluminum foil and simmer for five minutes or until pears begin to soften. Heat broiler and position rack about 6 inches from heat. Line a baking sheet with foil. Transfer pears, sliced side up, to baking sheet and broil one to two minutes until caramelized (light brown). Continue to simmer juice in skillet, scraping sides as needed. Cook sauce until just thickened, then top the pears with the sauce. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving: about 160 calories, 0 grams (g) of fat, 42 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber

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