Orange Cinnamon Poached Pears with Walnuts
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A simple recipe for making gently simmered poached pears cooked in orange juice and topped with a rich syrup and walnuts.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1½ cups orange juice, no pulp
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 whole pears, peeled and cored (I used Green Anjou)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the orange juice, brown and white sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Place pears into the syrup, and cover; simmer pears for 1 hour, spooning sauce over pears every 10 minutes, and carefully turning pears over twice during cooking time.
  3. Transfer pears to a plate and slice into thick slices.
  4. Continue cooking the syrup, stirring often, until thickened (about 10 more minutes) then mix in the walnuts. Take it off the heat.
Whipped Cream:
  1. In a large bowl (preferably a cold bowl), whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form.
  2. Beat in vanilla and sugar until stiff peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat or cream will become lumpy and resemble the texture of butter.
  3. Stack slices of pears on individual serving plates and using a spoon or piping bag, pipe whipped cream in between layers of pears, ending with a scoop of whipped cream on the top.
  4. Pour the sauce over the pear stack to serve.
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