Asian Poached Pears: Can easily be made gluten free! 1 red pear, 1 teaspoon Asian five-spice blend, 1 Tbsp butter, 1 C water or sweet dessert wine, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt.
Halve pear and scoop out center core with a melon baller. Coat each cut side with Asian five-spice.
In a small lidded skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add pear halves, cut-side down. Brown for 5-10 minutes.
Add the liquid and brown sugar. Simmer gently, covered, for 10-20 minutes until tender (turn once to cook evenly). Remove pear halves and keep warm. Cook remaining sauce until it coats the back of a spoon. Don't overcook or sauce will caramelize.
Place pear halves, cut-side up, on a serving dish. Place a scoop of frozen yogurt in center of each and surround with spice sauce. (To reheat: Stop cooking process as soon as pears are heated through. Store in refrigerator in poaching liquid. To serve, reheat pear halves and sauce, and proceed with recipe.) Recipe courtesy of Delicious Living.