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Guilt-Free Dessert


After the decadence of the holidays, we have all probably vowed to change our eating habits. In order to support our new year's resolutions, the best thing I can do, is not offer any temptations... well at least not such guilty temptations. So, today's dessert is light and rich, without any butter or chocolate. In many foreign countries they actually eat fruit for dessert because of its natural sweetness, a tendency that I suggest we all adopt. Besides, a fruity dessert is the perfect end to a meal heavy in temptations! To make my recipe for gingered pears,


Gingered Pears
From Saveur magazine

2 cups sugar
6 cups water
1/4 cup sliced peeled ginger
4 peeled pears

  1. Combine sugar, water, and sliced peeled ginger in a pot and cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add peeled pears and poach in simmering liquid until tender.
  3. Reduce liquid to a syrup.
  4. Serve over pears.

If ginger's not your thing, you can always create your own flavor. Try cinnamon, orange, or berries. Follow the techniques found in my Simply Simple Syrups post and let us know how it goes!

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mandyjean mandyjean 9 years
mm i love fruit too. pears make me laugh though, they remind me of my grandma. she is in the fire department, and every year they have convention, and they used to have this pear liquor, and she would always ask someone what they thought was in the bottle, and they would say... well that's a pear. then she would flash them and say, no that's a pair!!! so i will never eat pear again. ;)
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 9 years
Umm that sounds delicious...now I'm hungry!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Mmmmmmmmmmmm I love fruit!!!
quietriott quietriott 9 years
i have been using a similar recipe for years using strawberry daiquiri mix (or any kind of fruit juice concentrate) and water. it is ridiculously simple and always manages to impress everyone. hint: cool the pears in the fridge and then core and slice them, serving them around a fruit sorbet with the sauce drizzled around the plate.
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