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When you are desperate for dessert, but don’t want to feel all guilty the next day for stuffing every piece of chocolate in your face within a 5 mile radius of your kitchen – try this: fruit based desserts.

Nature provides so many wonderful, natural sugars alongside the bold flavors of seasonal fruits. Whether your finding a use for the overly ripe peaches you couldn’t resist buying, or you want something comforting on a cold night, starting with fruit and adding some spices (and maybe a little tart crust or bread pudding if you’re feeling especially sinful) is a great way to go. More than likely, a few bites is all you need to satisfy that craving – and even if you ate the whole thing, it’s still fruit!!!

Ginger and Red Wine Poached Pears by Siiri Sampson.

Copyright 2013 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

This is an adaptation of a recipe I received from one of my professors back in college that is best made when it’s a cold night and all you want to do is snuggle up and watch a movie. You won’t believe how satisfying and rich it can be.

Red Wine and Ginger Poached Pears

serves 4


1 1/2 Cups Red Wine
1/2 Cup Orange Juice + 1/2 the zest
1/2 Cup White granulated sugar
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Lemon  juice + zest
4 Red pears – FIRM
1 tsp Fresh grated ginger (peel first)



  1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT pears in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Peel and pears and level the bottoms, place standing up in poaching liquid.
  3. Poach at a simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Chill pears at least 1 hr. (you can serve them warm and they are very good this way, but they can be chilled are just as tasty either way)
  5. Reduce sauce to 50% and chill for presentation drizzle.
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