When it comes to fall fruit, apples tend to take the spotlight. But plenty of pear varieties are in season at the same time, and they’re just as delicious in dessert recipes. Take, for example, this scrumptious treat, which combines poached pears with a rich chocolate sauce.
Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg accentuate the flavor of the chocolate. Apple juice and more cinnamon flavor the pear for a truly unforgettable taste.
And if you’re reading this and worried that you don’t know how to make poached pears in the first place, don’t worry. This recipe uses a pressure cooker to do all of the heavy lifting. Just leave the pears in there for seven minutes, along with a mixture of apple juice, wine, and cinnamon. When you take them out, they’ll be soft, seasoned, and ready for that sweet dose of chocolate.
It’s an unexpected pairing that totally works, and at just 217 calories per serving, you really can’t go wrong with this easy recipe of poached pears and spiced chocolate sauce.
217 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated), 5 mg sodium, 27 g sugar, 2 g protein, 7 g fiber
Makes 4 servings
4 medium ripe pears
3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 1/2 to 3 inches stick cinnamon
Spiced Chocolate Sauce
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
Dash ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
Dash ground allspice
Dash ground clove
How to Make It
- Core each pear from the bottom, leaving the stem intact. Peel pears. If necessary, slice the bottoms off pears to allow them to stand upright.
- In a 6-quart electric pressure cooker combine apple juice, wine, and cinnamon stick. Add pears to cooker. Lock lid in place. Set cooker on high pressure to cook 7 minutes. Quickly release the pressure. Open lid carefully. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to dessert plates.
- Place chocolate and spices in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high (100% power) 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth. Drizzle sauce over pears to serve.
Eat This Tip
Not feeling the peeler? Blanch pears in boiling water for 15–20 seconds, then submerge in a cold-water bath. Rub with your thumb to easily remove peel.