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Autumnal honey and spice pears

GEHA | October 18, 2019

This delicate dessert pairs well with the turning of leaves and crisp evenings.


  • 1 cup light cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/2–3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8–1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 4 small firm pears (about 6 ounces each), peeled, halved and cored
  • 2 Tbsp. sweetened, dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (divided use)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. honey (divided use)


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, stir together the cranberry juice, cinnamon, and allspice. Add the pears and cherries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes, or until the pears are just tender-crisp. Transfer the pears with the cut side down to a serving plate, leaving the liquid in the skillet.
  2. Cook the liquid, still on medium high, for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until reduced to a scant 1/4 cup, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Stir in the honey. Spoon over the pears. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Turn the pears several times to coat with the sauce or transfer them to plates and spoon the sauce on top.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional values per serving:

0.5 gtotal fat
0 gsaturated fat
27 gcarbohydrate
4 gdietary fiber
2 gprotein
19 mgsodium


Reprinted on October 18, 2019, courtesy of the American Heart Association. For more, visit