Poached Pears with Vanilla-Honey Yogurt Sauce

Here’s an easy, elegant and guilt-free dessert that’s a cinch to make.

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Poached pears

  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 4 medium-sized peeled Anjou pears, cored and cut in half lengthwise

Vanilla-honey yogurt sauce (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 8-oz. container plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. low-fat sour cream
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract


  1. To make Poached Pears: Combine 1 ¾ cups water and honey in large nonstick skillet, and stir until blended. Add cinnamon sticks.
  2. Arrange pear halves, cut side down, in single layer in skillet; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook 10 minutes, basting occasionally with cooking liquid. Turn pears over; cook 10 minutes, basting occasionally. Turn pears over again, and cook an additional 10 minutes, or until tender, basting occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, to make Vanilla-Honey Yogurt Sauce: Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, and mix well to blend. Cover, and chill until ready to use.
  4. Remove pears from skillet using slotted spoon. Place 2 pear halves on each dessert dish; set aside.
  5. Bring cooking liquid to a boil over high heat, and cook 7 minutes, or until reduced to ½ cup. Discard cinnamon sticks. Spoon 2 Tbs. cooking liquid over each serving, and top each with 2 Tbs. Vanilla-Honey Yogurt Sauce.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 pear, 2 Tbs. sauce
  • Calories 280
  • Carbohydrate Content 72 g
  • Cholesterol Content 5 mg
  • Fat Content 1 g
  • Fiber Content 7 g
  • Protein Content 3 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Sodium Content 30 mg
  • Sugar Content 60 g

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