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Poached Pears in Cranberry Sauce

A simple but impressive dessert.

Quick Facts

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 quart (4 cups) cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 8 slices (1/4-inch thick) unpeeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (2 to 3 inches)
  • 8 slightly underripe pears


  1. Combine cranberry juice, cornsyrup, ginger and cinnamon sticks in heavy 4-quart saucepan; bring to a boil.
  2. While mixture is coming to a boil, peel, half, and core pears. Add to syrup mixture in saucepan. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until pears are tender. With slotted spoon transfer pears to shallow serving dish.
  4. Remove ginger and cinnamon sticks. Discard all but 2 cups syrup in saucepan. Bring to boil; boil 10 to 12 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Spoon sauce over pears.