These easy poached pears are tender and lightly spiced with cinnamon and vanilla. The sauce adds just the right amount of sweetness, with the yogurt topping adding a creamy finish. If you prefer, you can skip the wine and use all apple cider with a squeeze of lemon juice in its place., May 2022


Credit: Photography / Caitlin bensel, Food Styling / Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe Summary

15 mins
35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk cider, wine and 1/4 cup brown sugar together in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Add pears and cinnamon stick; cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer, turning the pears occasionally, until the pears are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to a bowl. Bring the cider mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; remove and discard cinnamon stick. Boil, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and becomes syrupy, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk yogurt and the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl until thoroughly combined.

  • Place the pear halves on serving plates and top each with about 2 tablespoons yogurt mixture and 1 tablespoon cider syrup.

Nutrition Facts

1 pear half, 2 Tbsp. yogurt topping & 1 Tbsp. syrup
261 calories; protein 4g; carbohydrates 55g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 34g; added sugar 20g; fat 2g; saturated fat 1g; mono fat 1g; cholesterol 4mg; vitamin a iu 37IU; vitamin c 6mg; folate 11mg; vitamin k 6mg; sodium 18mg; calcium 61mg; magnesium 14mg; phosphorus 59mg; potassium 221mg; selenium 3mcg.