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Poached Ginger Pears

You can alter this basic recipe in any number of ways. Using red wine will give the pears a nice color, add different spices or use citrus, too.


  • 2 cups white wine or apple juice
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1-2 inches freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 medium or 6 small pears, peeled and halved
  • About ¾ cup mascarpone, greek yogurt or crème fraiche
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds


In a medium saucepan, bring wine or juice, water, sugar, vanilla and ginger to a boil. Add pears and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until tender when pierced by a fork. Remove pears from liquid, return liquid to a boil and cook until reduced to about 1 cup syrup. Use a spoon to core pears. To serve, place pears on a plate, drizzle with a little syrup, add a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle with almonds.

Submitted by Sara Jones, Tucson CSA