Poached Pears

We live two blocks from my favorite ice cream shop, Loving Cup. I used to stop by every other week or so, but then that turned weekly, and lately too often to admit on a health blog. So, I've been trying to come up with healthier desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth with slightly less sugar, hence this poached pear recipe.

On the topic of sugar, the amount in this recipe seems high, but know that the pears are only poaching, and you're not actually consuming all of this sugar!

2-4 pears, skinned, halved, cored

3 cups water

1 cup coconut palm sugar

1 vanilla bean

1 cinnamon stick

pinch of sea salt

Heat all of the ingredients except the pears in a medium saucepan over medium heat, until sugar is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Add pears and simmer for 15-20 minutes. The pears should be easily pierced with a fork but still firm. 

Serve the pears with mascarpone, honey, a drizzle of dark chocolate, or solo. They are also great with a reduction of the poaching liquid. I was shocked that something so simple turned out this incredible. It had the warm, nutty flavor we all love about pie and the mascarpone was the perfect creamy, rich partner. YUM!

Superfood Power: You've probably been told to eat an apple a day, but you'd be just as well off to replace that with a pear. They are high in fiber and contain boron, which helps the body absorb calcium, helping to prevent diseases like osteoporosis.