Cranberry Cherry Poached Pears

Something Extra:
The Healthy Issue 2014

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Cranberry Cherry Poached Pears

Cranberry Cherry Poached Pears
1 cup each: 100% cranberry juice and cherry juice
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
1/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries*
1/4 cup almond liqueur (or add additional juice)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 lemon slices
6 pears firm but ripe Bosc or Bartlett

Prep: 20 minutes  Cook: 1½ to 3 hours    
Chill: several hours  Serves: 6

1. Stir all ingredients except pears in a large slow cooker. Peel pears and cut in half; scoop out seeds with a melon baller and add to slow cooker, turning pears to coat with liquid.
2. Cover and cook on high for 1½ hours or on low for 3 hours, turning pears over halfway through cooking. Remove from slow cooker and chill.  
3. Remove pears and dried fruit from juices with a slotted spoon, discarding cinnamon sticks and lemon slices. Place juices in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until reduced to a syrup; let cool.
4. Place pears in 6 small bowls and drizzle with reduced juices.

*Dried cranberries will make this dessert a bit prettier and redder in color but we love the flavor and extra nutrition added by using dried cherries.

Nutritional Information:
Nutrition per serving: 258 calories, 1 g protein, 0 g total fat (0 g sat.), 64 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 53 g sugar, 0 mg cholesterol, 11 mg sodium, 7 points


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