This elegant and easy Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream dessert looks so much more complicated than it actually is.
The key to success with this recipe is to choose a naturally firm pear varietal, such as the red Anjou used here.
You also want to use pears that are not quite ripe for this dish.
Softer pear varieties and/or overly ripe specimens have a tendency to turn to mush while cooking, so it pays to choose carefully while shopping.
Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone CreamPrint Recipe
- Poached Pears Ingredients
- 3 cups of Riesling or other sweet white wine
- 1/3 of a cup of honey
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons of whole cloves
- 3 whole star anise
- 6 firm pears, peeled
- Dash ground cinnamon, for garnish
- Honey Mascarpone Cream Ingredients
- 8 oz. mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
- 3 tablespoons of half & half
- 3 tablespoons of runny honey
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons of organic orange zest
1. Combine wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise in a large skillet with high sides. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the honey is melted and the spices become fragrant, approximately 5 minutes. 2. In the meantime, halve the pears and carefully remove the seeds with the tip of a potato peeler or small spoon. 3. Carefully add the pears to the simmering poaching liquid. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Do not overcook. 4. While the pears are poaching, place the softened mascarpone cheese and half & half in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until light and airy. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, use a hand-held mixer to blend). 5. Add the honey, vanilla extract, and orange zest and whip until combined. Place in the fridge to chill before serving. 6. Remove pears from heat and cool slightly. Serve immediately with a spoonful of the honey mascarpone cream and a dash of cinnamon. Top with a drizzle of the poaching liquid, if desired.