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Pomegranate-Poached Pears with Orange-Ginger Mascarpone Whipped Cream

pomegranate-poached pears with orange-ginger mascarpone whipped cream Dessert
Pomegranate-Poached Pears with Orange-Ginger Mascarpone Whipped Cream
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 4

Combine winter flavors such as pears, pomegranate, orange and ginger into this easy-yet-impressive dessert.

Created November 22, 2011

Ingredients

Pears

  • 2
    Bosc pears, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1
    cup pomegranate juice
  • 5
    tablespoons granulated sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 2
    oranges
  • 1/4
    cup mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1/2
    cup whipping cream
  • 2
    tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon grated gingerroot

Steps

  • 1
    Place quartered pears in 2-quart saucepan. Add pomegranate juice and granulated sugar (if pears are not completely submerged, add more juice and sugar). Heat to boiling. Cover with lid slightly ajar. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes or until pears are soft when pierced with fork.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, grate peel from oranges; set aside. In large bowl, place mascarpone cheese. Cut oranges in half; squeeze juice over mascarpone in bowl. Using electric hand mixer on low speed, beat until well blended. Add grated orange peel, whipping cream, powdered sugar and gingerroot; beat on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium; beat until soft peaks begin to form.
  • 3
    On each dessert plate, place 2 warm pear quarters. Spoon whipped cream over top.

  • Be sure to wash everything that the pomegranate juice touches (countertops, bowls, etc.) as soon as possible to avoid stains.
  • On a budget? Replace the mascarpone cheese, which can be pricey, with Neufchâtel (1/3-less-fat) cream cheese.

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