Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gail Simmons Ginger Poached Pears

**Found in December, 31st issue of Us Magazine

Yum!  What a treat, and so low cal!!

Ginger Poached Pears with Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

3 cups port wine
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 slices peeled fresh ginger
1 lemon, halved
4 medium pears, ripe but firm
1 quart vanilla frozen yogurt
1/4 cup candied ginger, sliced (if you cannot find gluten-free, then candy them on your own.  I may even have a recipe on how to candy ginger and/or fruit on my site)
1/4 cup slivered almonds

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine wine, water, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and fresh ginger.  Squeeze in lemon juice.  Bring to a boil.
2.  Meanwhile, cut off bottoms of pears with a paring knife.  With an apple corer, remove cores.  Peel peas, leaving stems intact.
3.  Place pears in poaching liquid and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 10-12 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.  Turn off heat and allow pears to cool in liquid; remove pears.  remove cinnamon sticks.
4.  Bring liquid back to a boil; reduce by half.
5.  Serve each pear with a scoop of frozen yogurt and a ladleful of liquid.  Garnish with candied ginger and slivered almonds.

Serves 4, 200 calories.

Enjoy!! xoxo Julie

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