Fabulous Freelancer Foodie Recipe: Poached Pears with White Chocolate and Raspberries

For a fruit-based dessert that’s sumptuously sweet, this poached pears with white chocolate and raspberries recipe is sure to capture lots of smiles!

Note: the original version of this recipe appeared in the cookbook, America’s Best Recipes: A 1992 Hometown Collection.


  • 8 firm ripe pears with stems
  • 1 ½ quarts of strained fresh orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups of a preferred dry white wine
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 sticks of cinnamon that are about 4 inches apiece
  • ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • 8 ounces of finely chopped white chocolate
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh mint springs for garnish.


  1. Peel the pears, keeping the stems intact.
  2. Trim the bottom of the pears to that each one will stand upright.
  3. Combine the orange juice, white wine, sugar, cinnamon, and fennel seeds in a large saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Add in the pears, standing them upright, then cover the saucepan, reduce the heat, and allow the pears to simmer in the mixture for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the pears have become tender.
    1. Be sure to periodically baste with pears with the mixture throughout this time.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and drain the pears on paper towels.
  6. Combine the white chocolate and the milk in the top of a double boiler; bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.
  7. Cook the mixture until the white chocolate melts, occasionally stirring until it becomes a well-blended sauce.
  8. Evenly spoon the white chocolate sauce onto 8 dessert plates.
  9. Place the pears upright on the white chocolate sauce, and sprinkle raspberries over the still-visible white chocolate sections.
  10. Garnish each plated desert with the fresh mint sprigs.

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