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HealthPerks Recipe: Poached Pear

Poached Pears



  • 4-6 pears, peeled, cored and sliced (recommended Bosc or Anjou)
  • 1-1/2 cups red wine (recommended Zinfandel, Shiraz or Merlot)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 4 tablespoons black truffle honey
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 1 dollop fresh whipped cream per serving (may substitute Greek yogurt)



  1. Combine all ingredients, except pears, and bring to a boil. Once the wine mixture is boiling, turn heat down to a simmer and add the pears.
  2. Simmer pears for 10-12 minutes and then turn pears and simmer for an additional 8-10 minutes, until they are tender and easily poked through with a fork. Remove pears and let them cool.
  3. Place pear over fresh whipped cream (or Greek yogurt) and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon toasted hazelnuts and a drizzle of black truffle honey.


This recipe first appeared in the December 2014 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.

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