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Ginger Poached Pears

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Course: Dessert
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


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  • 3 cups ginger ale, diet
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest or coarsely grated peel
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. ginger (shredded)
  • 4 large pears
  • 4 large mint leaves
  • Freshly grate nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 4 lemon slices (ultra thin, for decoration)


  • Combine ginger ale, honey, lemon zest and ginger in deep saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, peel 3/4 of each whole pear and do not remove stem.
  • Place pears into ginger ale mixture, lower heat, cover and simmer until almost tender (about 15-20 minutes).
  • Turn pears to ensure even cooking.
  • Once pears are cooked, remove from ginger ale mixture.
  • Reduce mixture down to 3/4 cup.
  • Heat mixture on high.
  • Once heated, strain over pears and allow to cool.
  • Place each pear in a shallow soup bowl and wrap a slice of lemon around the stem, tuck a mint leaf into the lemon slice and sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • Drizzle with sour cream.
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