Desserts: Cold Desserts: Honey Poached Pears with Lemon Cinnamon Ricotta

Grace your table with this delicious dessert, enhanced with the flavors of lemon, cinnamon and saffron.

Author: Fresh Finesse
Date: July 14, 2011

Suggestions: Note: This recipe's ingredients have been adjusted from the original Australian measures to the U.S. measures.

Serves: 4 person(s)
Yield: 4 x pears

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins


    3 Tbsp honey (for pears) *
    1 good pinch saffron (about 20 strands)
    15 Tbsp water (3/4 cup + 3 Tbsp)
    4 medium pears
    3 1/2 oz low-fat ricotta cheese (100g)
    5 Tbsp low-fat sour cream
    2 tsp honey (for ricotta cream)
    1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp lemon zest


    Combine honey, saffron and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.

    Peel, quarter and core pears. Cut each quarter in half. Add pears to syrup. Reduce heat. Simmer for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender.

    To make ricotta cream, place ricotta, sour cream, honey, cinnamon, and lemon zest in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve warm or cold poached pears with ricotta cream.


    * For sweeter pears, prior to cooking, add more honey to the saffron mix.

    Serving suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:183 cals
Kilojoules:764 kJ
Fat:1.6 g
Carbohydrates:43.1 g
Protein:3.7 g
Cholesterol:9.0 mg
Sodium:67 mg
Saturated Fat:0.9 g
Fiber:5.3 g
Calcium:65.0 mg
Total Sugars:33.1 g

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