Simplicity and elegance collide with these easy to make Cranberry Poached Pears. This simple dessert makes a statement on your holiday table! With just a handful of ingredients, this gluten-free dessert is a great way to wow your guests without a lot of effort. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and prepare for compliments all around.
It has been one of THOSE weeks around here.
As a write this, I've got a sleeping baby (ok, preschooler) laying about 5 feet from me.
All three of the kids have been sick this week.
While I am certainly grateful that I've remained healthy, it has been a trying week for sure.
Skye is usually the sweetest sick kid. Early this week she was.
It is hard to believe it, but this is the first time that she has been sick more than a couple of days. By the time we got to the end of this week, she was getting cranky.
By this morning, my little gremlin was running around the house saying as loud as her poor little voice would go "I'm SO MAD!"
I asked her what she was mad about.
She told me she was mad at me. Hmmm...ok. I'd just made her breakfast, so I assumed she wasn't happy with it.
Then she marched upstairs and told her brothers she was mad at them.
This went on for hours - with her loudly proclaiming that she was mad every ten minutes or so.
This behavior could not be more out of character.
Normally, if you ask Skye how she's doing her reply will be "I'm HAPPY".
There is nothing quite so pitiful as a three-year-old who is mad at the world because she doesn't feel good.
Mercifully, she finally let go this afternoon and took her first nap of the week.
Here's to hoping she wakes up feeling better!
In fact, let's go ahead and celebrate her feeling better, ok?
Positive thinking always works.
So let's celebrate with these poached pears.
These Cranberry Poached Pears have just six ingredients and make the perfect elegant dessert for your fall and winter entertaining.
Fruit desserts are always a favorite of mine, and these are just fabulous.
They are perfect when you want a holiday dessert that feels luxurious but won't weigh you down.
I hope that you and your family are enjoying a happy and healthy holiday season.
I know I am looking forward to the same around here.
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Cranberry Poached Pears
- 4 pears
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup boiling water
- 4 small cinnamon sticks
- Peel of ½ a small lemon
- 4 tablespoon fine sugar
- 1 vanilla chai teabag I used Bigelow
- Cover cranberries with boiling water, allow to rehydrate for 15 minutes. Set aside.
- Peel pears, place in a saucepan the correct size for pears to fit snugly and not fall over.
- Add remaining ingredients and cranberries.
- Cover with water until pears are just covered.
- Bring saucepan to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat, simmering pears for 10-15 minutes until tender.
- Remove pears from saucepan and place in serving bowls.
- Reduce sauce over high heat for 5-10 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Allow sauce and pears to cool, then serve garnished with cinnamon stick.
- If desired, serve with freshly whipped cream or vanilla greek yogurt.