Here's an elegant yet simple twist on the autumn classic. Pears are oven-poached in Riesling wine, which is known for its floral accents and aromas and hints of honey and pear. Serve this dessert with lightly sweetened ricotta cheese. Delicious hot, room temperature or chilled.

Makes 4 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 4 ripe pears, preferably Bosc, with stems, washed and dried
  • 2 cups Riesling or other fruity white wine
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 strips orange zest (see Tip)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear, so they will stand upright. Arrange the pears in a 9- to 10-inch pie pan or similar baking dish. Whisk wine and honey in a medium bowl until well blended; pour over the pears. Add cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and orange zest to the wine mixture around the pears.

3. Roast the pears, basting every 15 minutes, until they are wrinkled and tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the type of pear used.

4. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears to shallow dessert bowls. Pour the wine mixture into a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil until slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Drizzle over the pears and garnish with the cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and orange zest. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 241 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 43 g carbohydrate; 1 g protein; 4 g fiber; 2 mg sodium; 176 mg potassium. 3 Carbohydrate Servings. Exchanges: 1 fruit, 2 other carbohydrate

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