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Wine-Poached Pears With Vanilla Bean Mascarpone

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Mascarpone is a soft Italian cheese made from curdled cream. It's a main ingredient in tiramisu, and can also be used in savory dishes. Here it serves as a beautiful and dramatic topping against the deep red of poached Bosc pears — a firm, winter variety with a sweet-tart flavor.

This recipe is provided by Plated.

2
Servings
435
Calories Per Serving
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Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, divided
  • 2 Bosc pears
  • 1 Cup red wine
  • 1/4 Cup + ½ teaspoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 4 packets honey
  • 2 Tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Directions

Zest lemon, then halve. Peel pears, halve lengthwise, and remove and discard cores. Cut each into 6 wedges.

In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add red wine, ¼ cup sugar, honey, 1 squeeze lemon juice, and zest of 1 lemon. Simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar, until flavors are melded, about 5 minutes.

Add pears to pot, being sure to submerge at least halfway. Cover and poach until tender, 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

While pears poach, in a small bowl, stir together mascarpone, vanilla bean paste, and remaining sugar. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.

Remove pears from pot, reserving liquid, and divide evenly between 2 bowls. Increase heat to high and cook poaching liquid until reduced by half, about 3 minutes, then spoon over pears. Top each bowl with a dollop of vanilla bean mascarpone and serve.

Wine Shopping Tip

Choose a wine that you would drink. If you wouldn't drink it on its own, you shouldn't cook with it.

Wine Cooking Tip

After cooking steak, you can use red wine to de-glaze the pan.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
8%
Sugar
70g
N/A
Saturated Fat
3g
14%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Protein
2g
4%
Carbs
85g
28%
Vitamin A
54µg
6%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
6%
Vitamin C
21mg
35%
Vitamin E
0.3mg
1.6%
Vitamin K
11µg
14%
Calcium
49mg
5%
Fiber
7g
27%
Folate (food)
20µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
6µg
2%
Iron
1mg
6%
Magnesium
27mg
7%
Monounsaturated
1g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.5mg
2.7%
Phosphorus
66mg
9%
Polyunsaturated
0.3g
N/A
Potassium
401mg
11%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
6.4%
Sodium
112mg
5%
Sugars, added
49g
N/A
Zinc
0.5mg
3.6%