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Poached Pears with Chocolate Drizzle

Who knew poaching pears was so easy?

20 mins
6 Serving(s)
Poached Pears with Chocolate Drizzle


  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 6 medium firm Anjou or Bosc pears, stems attached
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter


  1. In large, deep saucepot, combine cinnamon stick halves, apple cider, lemon peel, pepper and allspice. Slice 1/4-inch from the bottom of each pear to form a flat surface for pears to sit on. Peel each pear using even strokes with a peeler to keep pear smooth. With small end of melon baller, scoop out inside of each pear through flat bottom, removing inner core and seeds. You will need to scoop 3 or 4 times, but do not go all the way through pear.
  2. Stand pears in saucepot; cover and heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, 20-22 minutes, basting occasionally, or until pears are very tender when pierced with paring knife. With slotted spoon, remove pears from liquid and place on platter; cool 20 minutes.
  3. In medium microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate and butter in microwave oven on high 2 minutes or until melted, stirring every minute. Place each pear on dessert plate. Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate sauce over each pear and serve.

Nutrition Facts

517 Calories Per ServingFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 9gProtein: 3g

Actual nutritional values may vary depending on specific ingredients used and/or modifications to the recipe