Strawberry Creek Inn's Quick-Poached Pears

Recipe courtesy Strawberry Creek Inn B&B
Printable recipe courtesy Inn Cuisine

Yield: Serves 2 (halve or double as needed)
  • 1 fresh pear (peeled, cored and sliced in half lengthwise)
  • champagne (enough to barely cover the pears; may substitute fruit juice if desired)
  • ground cinnamon (for sprinkling to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt (plain or flavored, cook's choice)
  • 2 teaspoons granola (peanut butter granola works well, or your favorite flavor)
  • a few fresh raspberries, blueberries or strawberries for garnish
  • a small spring of mint or basil for garnish (optional)

Soak prepared pears in champagne (or fruit juice if substituting) for 1 hour or up to overnight. Prior to serving, place each pear in small, microwavable serving dish with a little of the reserved champagne (or fruit juice); microwave for 30 seconds on high for each pear. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon to taste. Spoon (or pipe with a star tip) yogurt onto each pear (in the indentation). Sprinkle with the granola of your choosing, and top with a few fresh berries. You may also garnish with a small sprig of mint or basil if desired. Serve immediately. This recipe also makes a light and refreshing dessert for spring and summer dinners.