Healthy Recipe: Poached Pears in Cranberry Brandy

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We're fans of blogger Joie de Vivre's healthy gourmet recipes. She's been dropping pounds since reading French Women Don't Get Fat. So it's true! You can eat like a queen, eat what you want and still lose weight. The secret is eating for pleasure. If you want to know more about this, check out our FitBriefing on how to emulate a healthy "European" lifestyle.

Joie shared her recipe for a scrumptious fruit dessert slow cooked in a crock pot. Enjoy!

Makes 8 servings

1 1/2 cups cranberries
8 pears, peeled, halved and cored
2/3 c. water
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. brandy
zest and juice of 1 lime
Whipped cream, to serve


1.  In the insert of a 6 qt. crock pot, combine the cranberries, pears, water, sugars, brandy and zest and juice of lime.  Stir gently to coat the pears.
2.  Cover the crock pot and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours until the berries have burst and the pears are tender.
3.  To serve, give each person two pear halves and some sauce.  Pass the whipped cream to top.

Photo by Joie de Vivre.

2 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Chef Scott says:

    This looks like a nice recipe. Another way to stay away from sugar itself is to use honey instead.

    I like the portion shown in the picture. Portion size is a huge thing when trying to loose weight.

    While the French eat what they want diet works is also because of their strict adherence to portion control.

    This recipe looks great!

  • Brenda says:

    I’m trying this recipe this weekend! Looks fabulous.

    My husband just found an awesome cookbook.. just got off of blog that talks about it.. check it out.. this guy is excited