Mulled Cinnamon-Orange Poached Pears with Mascarpone. Tiny pears poached in orange juice flavoured with cinnamon, cloves, allpice, nutmeg and optional TripleSec. Serve with a dollop of mascarpone sweetened with maple syrup and orange zest. Simmer in the oven while you have dinner. So good!
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Mulled Cinnamon-Orange Pears with Mascarpone

Mulled Cinnamon-Orange Pears, warm from the oven and topped with a dollop of slightly sweetened mascarpone cheese, make a never-to-be-forgotten fall or winter dessert.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 pears
Calories 219kcal
Author Flavour & Savour

Ingredients

  • 8 Forelle or Seckel pears or 4 Anjou pears
  • 125 ml frozen orange juice concentrate mixed with 1/3 - 1/2 cup water, or 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Gran Marnier or Cointreau) (optional), or more
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken if large
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 4 star anise buds
  • zest of one organic orange

Garnish

  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange zest

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Peel pears and carefully remove the core using a melon baller or a tiny teaspoon. If necessary, slice a little off the bottom so they will stand upright. Arrange in a deep baking dish with a lid.
  • Mix the orange juice concentrate with water. Drizzle it and the liqueur over the top of the pears, sprinkle with the sugar and ground spices and add the broken cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice and star anise.
  • Cover and bake for 45 minutes, basting every 15 minutes, until pears are tender when pricked with a fork. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce.
  • Meanwhile, mix together the mascarpone cheese and maple syrup and add finely grated orange zest.
  • Arrange pears in serving dishes, drizzle with sauce, top with the mascarpone and garnish with a little more orange zest.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.4mg