For me, fruit desserts are hit or miss. I typically crave some sort of chocolate (duh) after dinner and since I’m not one to combine my chocolate with fruit, I tend to keep fruit in the “healthy snack” category of my diet. Don’t get me wrong – I would never turn down a crisp or cobbler, and I even whip them up a few times a year when it strikes my fancy, it’s just that chocolate knows the way to my heart. Or stomach.
So here comes the fun/cool part about blogging. USA Pears has a Poached Pears campaign happening right now, where bloggers are sharing their own creative way to poach pears and serve them up. Since I’ve never poached a pear in my life (heck, I’m not even sure I’ve ever eaten a poached pear!), I gladly accepted the challenge and came up with this beauty of a dessert – Cider Poached Pears with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.
I made these poached pears hoping for a simple but satisfying dessert and that is exactly what they turned out to be. Poaching the pears in cider brought out the flavor of the pears and also added a hint of sweetness along with infusing the spices of the cider into the pears. Since a piece of fruit alone isn’t ever going to satisfy me for dessert, I whipped up (get it, ha) some cinnamon spiced whipped cream to dollop on top. It added just a touch of richness without making the dessert at all heavy.
While poaching pears might look elegant and seem complicated, peached pears really could not be easier. You simply peel the pears, cut them down the center and scoop out the core, and then in this case, let them boil in some cider for about 20 minutes. Then that’s it. No seriously, that’s it. So. stinking. easy.
You’re probably thinking about the whipped cream I mentioned a bit ago and thinking “Uhhh Taylor…that whipped cream seems difficult, though!” Well friend, I’m here to tell you – making whipped cream is as easy as turning on your electric mixer for a few minutes. It does all of the work. Just don’t go vacuum the living room or fold laundry while it’s whipping away unless you want some seriously uncreamy whipped cream.
for the pears:
- 4 firm red Anjou pears peeled, halved, and core removed
- 6 cups pear or apple cider
for the cinnamon whipped cream:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- cinnamon sticks for garnish
- In medium pot, bring cider to a simmer.
- Add pears and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until pears are easily pierced with a fork.
- Remove from cider and let cool.
- Make the whipped cream by beating heavy cream, powdered sugar, and cinnamon with electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form.
- To serve the pears, place dollop of whipped cream in center of each pear.
- Serve with cinnamon stick (optional) and enjoy!
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