Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone Filling (Michael Chiarello) Recipe

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Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone Filling (Michael Chiarello)
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  1. Peel pears and leave stem intact. In a large saucepan, bring wine and an equal amount of cold water to a simmer. Split vanilla bean lengthwise and add to wine and water mixture. Add cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and sugar, to taste. Add pears to liquid and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender. Cool pears in wine mixture to room temperature. You can refrigerate them in the poaching liquid until you're ready to fill them.
  2. Remove stems from pears and set stems aside. Core pears with an apple corer, leaving pear whole.
  3. Whisk together mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, pinch cinnamon and powdered sugar until smooth. Transfer to a pastry bag, or if you do not have one, use wax paper tightly wrapped into a cone with the corner snipped off. Pipe filling into cored pears and finish by putting the stems gently into the mascarpone filling on top of the pears.
  4. Bring sauce up to a simmer and reduce by half. Add butter to reduced sauce and stir until combined. Spoon generously over pears. Cool to room temperature before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 650.42 Kcal (2723 kJ)
Calories from fat 214.59 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23.84g 37%
Cholesterol 36.07mg 12%
Sodium 302.86mg 13%
Potassium 835.34mg 18%
Total Carbs 102.35g 34%
Sugars 78.98g 316%
Dietary Fiber 5.35g 21%
Protein 3.51g 7%
Vitamin C 7.2mg 12%
Calcium 55.6mg 6%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 204.68 Kcal (857 kJ)
Calories from fat 67.53 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.5g 37%
Cholesterol 11.35mg 12%
Sodium 95.31mg 13%
Potassium 262.88mg 18%
Total Carbs 32.21g 34%
Sugars 24.86g 316%
Dietary Fiber 1.68g 21%
Protein 1.11g 7%
Vitamin C 2.3mg 12%
Calcium 17.5mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 14.2
  • 17

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar

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