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Pomegranate-Poached Pears with Orange-Ginger Mascarpone Whipped Cream

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Pomegranate-Poached Pears with Orange-Ginger Mascarpone Whipped Cream
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4
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This richly colorful dessert will add a touch of sophistication to any dinner party.

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

Directions

  • 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.
Tips  

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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