Vanilla, Cinnamon & White Wine Poached Pears with Yogurt

Slightly sweet, tender pears are paired with a lovely vanilla-, cinnamon- and orange-infused golden syrup. The (literal) icing on the cake is a dollop of creamy vanilla yogurt in the bottom of the bowl. This very elegant dessert is also calorie-conscious and brimming with fiber. If you want to dress up your poached pears, they can be topped with a variety of items, like granola, crushed cookies, chopped nuts, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 4 medium (about 2 pounds total) firm-ripe Bosc pears

  • 1 ½ cups (12 ounces) Sauvignon Blanc or other dry white wine

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 (3 inch) orange peel strips

  • 1 vanilla bean pod, split

  • ½ cup vanilla whole-milk Greek yogurt


  1. Peel pears; discard skins. Using a tablespoon measure or a melon baller, core pears from their bottoms (remove the seeds, but leave the pears intact). Set aside.

  2. Stir together wine, water, sugar, cinnamon stick and orange peel strips in a medium saucepan. Scrape split vanilla bean pods into mixture; add scraped pods. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high, stirring until sugar dissolves.

  3. Arrange pears on their sides in wine mixture; reduce heat to medium, and cover. Cook, turning pears occasionally to cook evenly all over, until pears are tender, about 30 minutes. Gently remove pears from wine mixture liquid; increase heat to high, and cook, undisturbed, until liquid reduces to about 3/4 cup and turns slightly syrupy, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove and discard cinnamon stick and orange peel strips from syrup. Let syrup cool slightly, about 20 minutes.

  4. Place 2 tablespoons yogurt in the bottom of each of 4 shallow bowls. Top each with 1 poached pear; spoon 3 tablespoons syrup over each pear. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
1g Fat
51g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 37g
Added Sugars 13g 26%
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Potassium 263mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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