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Orange Ginger Poached Pears

Orange Ginger Poached Pear

Poached pears are a great lighter alternative to a rich heavy dessert but still have loads of flavor to satisfy the most discerning sweet tooth. Serve with your favorite non-dairy ice cream and experiment poaching different kinds of fruit.

No, really, it is still possible to have great desserts even when you are committed to a healthier lifestyle (at least that’s what I am told). I am not a nutritionist; I don’t even play one on TV and I’m not going to profess to have all the answers. But I do know a tantalizing, lite dessert when I see one. I can assure you that these Orange Ginger Poached Pears satisfy a sweet tooth.

This recipe is perfect since pears are in season. Try swapping coconut milk ice cream for the soy ice cream – or you can forget the “ice cream”, if you wish (why you would do that, I’ll never understand, but to each their own).

The pears are simmered in a broth of orange juice, water, sugar (not too much), salt (a pinch) and ginger. Ginger is aromatic, pungent and spicy- great in Asian stir fries and fruit and veggie dishes. Cook with ginger, and everyone will think you’re a gourmet (love shortcuts to success). Fresh ginger root is available year round, just to make your life a bit easier. After all isn’t that what we are all going for here?

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  • 2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 anjou pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 2 cup non-dairy ice cream


In a saucepan, combine orange juice, water, sugar, ginger and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add pears. Simmer until just tender, about 8 minutes. Remove pears and set aside.

Bring mixture to a boil and reduce until a little thicker, about 10 minutes. Strain sauce through a fine mesh sieve.

Serve each pear half with a scoop of ice cream and a few tablespoons of sauce.