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Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream

Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream is an elegant dish to serve that is easier to make than it looks! Try it for the holiday season to wow your guests!

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Poached Pears are best when filled with honey mascarpone cream!

Pears are one of my favorite fruits. They are sweet, bell-shaped fruits that have been enjoyed since ancient times and you’ll often find them around the holiday season. Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream are one of those desserts that is overlooked because it seems complicated. In reality, they’re easy and really grab your guests’ attention at the table!

For this recipe, you’ll want to stick to the firmer varieties as well as a less ripe fruit. I used the red Anjou pears. The end result was less mush and amazing flavor!

More Pear Recipes:

Pear Crumble Pie

Tennessee Fire Vanilla Pear Butter

Cinnamon Pear Applesauce

Pears filled with Honey Mascarpone Cream on a white serving tray

Poached Pears Ingredients:

3 cups Riesling or other sweet white wine
1/3 cup honey
3 whole cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons whole cloves
3 whole star anise
6 firm pears, peeled
Dash ground cinnamon, for garnish

Honey Mascarpone Cream Ingredients:

8 oz. mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
3 tablespoons half & half
3 tablespoons runny honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons organic orange zest

Instructions:

Combine wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise in a large skillet with high sides. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the honey is melted and the spices become fragrant, approximately 5 minutes.

In the meantime, halve the pears and carefully remove the seeds with the tip of a potato peeler or small spoon.

Carefully add the pears to the simmering poaching liquid. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Do not overcook.

While the pears are poaching, place the softened mascarpone cheese and half & half in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until light and airy. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, use a hand-held mixer to blend).  

Add the honey, vanilla extract, and orange zest and whip until combined. Place in the fridge to chill before serving.

Remove pears from heat and cool slightly. Serve immediately with a spoonful of the honey mascarpone cream and a dash of cinnamon. Top with a drizzle of the poaching liquid, if desired. Enjoy!

Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream

Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Enjoy a sweet, elegant dish at all of your holiday events with these Poached Pears filled with Honey Mascarpone Cream!

Ingredients

Poached Pear

  • 3 cups Riesling or other sweet white wine
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 6 firm pears, peeled
  • Dash ground cinnamon, for garnish

Honey Mascarpone Cream

  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons half & half
  • 3 tablespoons runny honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons organic orange zest

Instructions

Combine wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise in a large skillet with high sides. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the honey is melted and the spices become fragrant, approximately 5 minutes.



In the meantime, halve the pears and carefully remove the seeds with the tip of a potato peeler or small spoon.



Carefully add the pears to the simmering poaching liquid. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Do not overcook.



While the pears are poaching, place the softened mascarpone cheese and half & half in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until light and airy. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, use a hand-held mixer to blend).  



Add the honey, vanilla extract, and orange zest and whip until combined. Place in the fridge to chill before serving.



Remove pears from heat and cool slightly. Serve immediately with a spoonful of the honey mascarpone cream and a dash of cinnamon. Top with a drizzle of the poaching liquid, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 7gSugar: 43gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 10/18/2020

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Add a delicious, elegant dish to all of your holiday meals with this easy recipe for Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream!

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