Cranberry Pears


Simple but elegant Cranberry Pears recipe.

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
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6 servings
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Indulge your taste buds with our Cranberry Pears recipe – a delightful blend of elegance and simplicity. This dessert offers a refreshing conclusion to any hearty meal, with the pears adorned in a festive red hue for a visually stunning presentation. 

And here’s a bonus: if you find yourself with extra sauce, elevate your dessert experience by drizzling it over a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. 

A treat for the eyes and the palate, this recipe is sure to become a favorite for both festive occasions and every day delights.

2-1/2 cups cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon almond-flavor liqueur (such as Amaretto)
6 firm, ripe pears, stems attached
1/2 cup heavy cream
  1. In a large saucepan, bring cranberries and 1-1/2 cups of water to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a blender or food processor, purée the mixture in batches. Return it to the saucepan and add sugar and 1/3 cup of almond-flavor liqueur.
  3. Peel pears carefully, leaving the stem attached. Cut a small slice from the bottom of each pear so that it can stand upright.
  4. Place pears in cranberry–liqueur mixture, bring to a simmer, then cook for 15 minutes. Transfer pears to a bowl and set them aside.
  5. Bring cranberry–liqueur mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Pour cranberry–liqueur syrup over pears, cover, and refrigerate. Turn the pears occasionally.
  7. To serve, remove pears from the syrup and blot lightly. Spoon sauce into serving dishes and place a pear on each one.
  8. In a large, chilled bowl, whip heavy cream with remaining 1 tablespoon of almond-flavor liqueur (optional). Serve with the pears.
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