CookingLight diet CookingLight diet
Greg DuPree
Active Time
10 Mins
Total Time
8 Hours
Serves 6 (serving size: 1/2 pear, 1 1/2 tablespoons poaching syrup, and 1 tablespoon mascarpone)

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together 2 cups water, sugar, cardamom, wine, and star anise, if using, in a saucepan over high; bring to a boil. Add pears; reduce heat to medium. Cut a circle of parchment paper slightly larger than circumference of pan; press paper onto the surface of pears to keep them submerged. Simmer pears 20 minutes or until just tender. Remove from heat; cool completely. Chill pears in liquid in pan 8 hours.

Step 2

Remove pears from liquid with a slotted spoon. Halve pears vertically. Gently remove seeds and core with a spoon. Chill until serving.

Step 3

Place pan with poaching liquid over high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until syrupy and reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 25 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids.

Step 4

Whisk together mascarpone, milk, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons poaching liquid syrup; top each with about 1 tablespoon vanilla mascarpone.

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