Poached Pears w/Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

November 27, 2013 • Dessert, Holiday, Toddlers & Kids, Uncategorized

Poached Pears w/Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

This is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.  It’s light and festively flavorful.  Plus, you can prepare the pears and cream a day in advance and plate for your guests in no time!!  I used the Vanilla Mascarpone Cream from the Harvest Filo Cups last week – – Why mess with a good thing?? Best of all, my kids love these pears and they’re so much better than the pre-packaged fruit cups as you can control the sugar! Happy Thanksgiving!

Poached Pears w/Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Poached Pears w/Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Poached Pears w/Vanilla Mascarpone Cream


Poached Pears w/Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Poached Pears w/Vanilla Mascarpone Cream


  • 4 bosc pears, peeled, quartered, and pitted
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • For the cream:
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


In a large saute pan, thoroughly combine water, honey and sugar over medium-low heat. Bring to a low, slow boil.

Add pears and cinnamon stick. Continue to slowly boil, poaching the pears to desired tenderness, roughly 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the cream ingredients and whisk to desired consistency. Use a stand mixer, if possible, and let it do all of the work. If you don't have a stand mixer, use an electric hand mixer.

Plate pears and top with cream. Add cinnamon stick to garnish, if so desired. Serve immediately.

Note: You may also make the pears and cream the day before and quickly warm the pears prior to serving.


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2 Responses to Poached Pears w/Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

  1. Thanks, Ashley!! I hope you love them. The pears are also great on their own. Just store them in the fridge with the poaching liquid :)

  2. Ashley says:

    I always tend to forget about pears – they get pushed to the back-burner behind apples or cranberries … but I really need to change that since I do love them! This dish sounds wonderful – love that mascarpone cream!

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