1/2bottle (or 2 cups)Sauternes or other sweet dessert wine
Peel from 1/2 lemon
1/4cuplight whipped cream
Mint leavesfor garnish
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pears Poached in Sauternes with Chocolate Sauce
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 37g12%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.