½ cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons unrefined cane sugar
2 bosc pears
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon kuzu or arrowroot
½ cup mascarpone
2 tablespoons sour cream
1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla
Combine juice, mirin and sugar in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Stir constantly, until crystals dissolve completely, about 2 minutes.
Halve and core the pears. Add fruit to pan, face down, turn heat to a very low simmer, cover and poach until tender, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove fruit from pan, set aside. Keep the poaching liquid in the pan.
Combine starch with water in a small bowl. Bring poaching liquid to a simmer. Stir starch mixture into poaching liquid, stirring constantly. As soon as mixture thickens and clears, remove from heat.
Mix together mascarpone, sour cream, sweetener and vanilla in a small bowl. To serve, place some sauce and ½ pear on a small plate or in a bowl and put a dollop of mascarpone cream in the hollow of each pear.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes 4 servings
I'm trying this out for my sweetie on Valentine's Day - heard about you guys on NPR. Thanks, wish me luck!
February 12, 2009, 5:21 pm
She will love the pears. Go Mike!
February 12, 2009, 7:04 pm
This is unbelievably fabulous. Not too sweet; luxurious and exotic color; quick to make; and eeeeasy clean-up
February 28, 2009, 9:20 pm
Thanks for taking the time to write us Eileen.
March 1, 2009, 8:05 pm
Great, easy recipe. The pears were delicious. My only disappointment was the color. I hoped they would be more red. I might try a different brand of juice or pomengranate syrup next time. We topped them with a small amount of orange zest which added a little more color.
September 9, 2009, 10:36 am
Love you guys. Particularly like the husband actually cooking. We did wine-poached pears in chocolate sauce for Christmas dessert. Great stuff.
December 28, 2009, 7:37 pm
I bow down hlmuby in the presence of such greatness.
May 5, 2011, 7:44 am
LOVED these for a yuletide dessert! So beautiful too, such a hit!
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Welcome Lynda! So glad you found us. We're proud to have Kiwi viewers!
October 20, 2012, 8:01 am