Pears Poached in Sauternes with Chocolate Sauce
  • 4 ripe Bosc or Anjou pears, peeled
  • 1/2bottle (or 2 cups) Sauternes or other sweet dessert wine
  • Peel from 1/2 lemon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4cup light whipped cream
  • Mint leavesfor garnish
  1. Use a small melon baller or a pointed vegetable peeler to scoop out seeds and core from the bottom of the pears, leaving pears whole.
  2. Pour wine into a nonreactive saucepan just large enough to hold the pears in a single layer. Add lemon peel and cloves and bring to a boil. Add pears, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, 10–15 minutes, occasionally turning pears for even cooking.
  3. Remove pears from saucepan and keep warm. Boil remaining liquid until wine is reduced to 1/2 cup and has a syrupy consistency. Remove saucepan from heat and remove cloves. Add chocolate and stir to melt and combine. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
  4. Place each pear on a rimmed dessert plate and spoon one-fourth of the chocolate sauce over and around it. Garnish with a 1 tablespoon light whipped cream and a mint leaf.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Pears Poached in Sauternes with Chocolate Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 2g 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PER SERVING: 254 cal, 41% fat cal, 12g fat, 2g sat fat, 8mg chol, 2g protein, 37g carb, 2g fiber, 7mg sodium