An easy festive dessert that is elegant and delicious!
Don’t leave pears in the dark this holiday season. These mulled wine pears make an elegant dessert that requires very little effort to make. They are show-stopping, sophisticated, and can be made long before your guests arrive. Poached pears make an ideal winter food because they are comforting, in season, and look so pretty! And the best part of it all is the smell of the spiced wine infusing into the pears. Your whole house will smell like Christmas! Yes!!
If you are not a fruit-for-dessert kind of person then opt to have them for breakfast instead. I did! But while they even taste amazing cold the next day, serving them warm with coconut orange sauce takes them to a whole new level. Or you can try them on oats or salads if you’re feeling adventurous. Trust me, it’s not as weird as it sounds!
If I still can’t sell you on these delicious spiced pears, then hop over to soft and chewy ginger cookies instead to enjoy some warm cookies with coconut ice cream. Both dessert options are great and are sure to please a crowd.
Health Warning! These Mulled Wine Pears are…
Uplifting and flavourful
A low allergy food
High in fiber
A low calorie dessert
These juicy gems are one of my favourite fall fruits because they are sweet, soft or crunchy, and very versatile. They are high in fiber, with an average of 6 grams per medium sized pear. This is helpful in reaching your daily requirement of 25 to 30 grams of fiber. Filling up on fiber helps you feel full faster, and cleans those pipes. The more fiber you have in your diet, the better you can prevent things such as constipation and colon cancer.
People with food sensitivities can usually eat pears without worry, as they are low in salicylates and benzoates. This means that they are less allergenic than many other fruits and are often recommended in exclusive diets for people with allergies. So go ahead and enjoy a pear a day! Along with being a low allergenic fruit they also act as a cooling and uplifting fruit that can be added to a fresh green juice if you are feeling warm or anxious. The vitamin C in pears helps to trigger the production of serotonin and neurotransmitters that can help lift your mood and make you happy. So eat up and be merry!
- 1 1/2 cups red wine
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 cloves
- 2 star anise
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 6 inches orange peel
- 4 pears
- 1 can full fat coconut milk (just the cream)
- 1 tsp orange rind
- 1 peeled satsuma mandarin orange
- 1 tsp honey
Peel 4 medium pears, leaving the stalks intact. If you wish, you can core them.
In a saucepan, combine red wine, water, spices, and orange peel. Bring to a boil.
Bring wine to a simmer and add the pears, laying them on their side. Poach covered for 30 minutes or until pears are tender, turning them occasionally.
Remove pears and allow to cool.
Add the coconut cream, orange rind, satsuma orange, and honey to a small blender. I use the magic bullet.
Bend until smooth and creamy.
Pour over finished pears and serve warm.
Serving size: 1
Calories 180 / Fat 1.5g / Carbs 33g / Protein 1g / Fiber 6.4g / Sodium 5mg / Sugars 18g