Poached Pears with Fresh Ginger

Start the year off right by holding off eating dessert out. You'll save calories and money by making your own desserts. That tempting piece of tiramisu will set you back 1,120 calories and 48 grams of fat. These Poached Pears with Fresh Ginger are fat free and use only five ingredients. One serving, only 175 calories.

Recipe courtesy of Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping
Show: Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping Episode: Start the Year Off Right
TOTAL TIME: 4 hr 45 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 4 hr
Cook: 35 min
YIELD: 8 servings


  • 8 firm but ripe Bartlett or Bosc pears (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 strips orange peel, each about 3-by-1-inch
  • One 3-inch stick cinnamon
  • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut crosswise into 16 thin slices
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Peel the pears and, with a melon baller or small knife, remove the core and blossom end (bottom) of each pear.

Place the pears, sugar, orange peels, cinnamon stick, ginger and 6 cups water in a 6 or 8-quart Dutch oven. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the pears are tender, about 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to a large bowl.

Heat the pear poaching liquid to boiling over high heat and cook, uncovered, over high heat until the syrup is reduced to about 3 cups, about 15 minutes.

Gently pour the hot syrup through a strainer over the pears. Transfer the cinnamon stick, orange peel strips and 3 slices ginger to the syrup around the pears. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours, turning the pears occasionally. Serve the pears with the syrup.

Each serving: about 175 calories, 1 gram protein, 45 g carbohydrate, 1 g total fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 2 g fiber




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