Poached Pear with Coconut Cream

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These poached pears are a great way to end a meal!

Our Poached Pear with Coconut Cream recipe is a very light and simple dessert that isn’t overly sweet. The pears are gently poached in a sweet wine and apple juice mixture, along with cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, honey, and (optional) brandy. They’re then topped with a whipped coconut cream for an elegant presentation. You could additionally sprinkle with a few berries for a pop of color.

These poached pears are a great way to end a meal on a lighter note, and would work well for a dinner party menu!

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Poached Pear with Coconut Cream

This light dessert has just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy but not over indulge.
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 0.5 pear
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.


For the Pears

  • 2 cups apple juice no sugar added
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sweet white wine such as Moscato or late harvest Riesling
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 inch ginger root fresh, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brandy optional
  • 4 pears firm, ripe, and peeled leaving stems

For the Coconut Cream

  • 14 ounces coconut milk can, cold and taking care not to shake
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar organic
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • For the Pears
  • In a large saucepot, combine all ingredients with exception of pears. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and reduce to a simmer. Carefully add pears to the liquid. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally until pears are tender. Using a slotted spoon remove from liquid and allow to cool.

For the Coconut Cream

  • Remove can of coconut milk from the refrigerator and carefully open, taking care not to shake. Gently scoop out the coconut solids from the top of the can and place in a cool mixing bowl. (Tip: refrigerate your bowl and whip for an hour before using). Reserve the remaining milk for another use.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla to the cream and whip on high speed until fluffy. Serve alongside pear.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5pear | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 14mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14
Keywords Holiday, Vegetarian

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Other light desserts to try:

Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples

Slow Cooker Cranberry Poached Pears

Skinny Berry Parfait

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