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Creamy Coconut and Star Anise Poached Pears

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In this recipe, coconut milk and star anise come together to create a simple but indescribably delicious sauce for classic poached pears. This versatile recipe can be dished up as a dessert, with the warm poached pears served with a drizzle of the coconut-anise poaching liquid atop, or, as in the following recipe, as a tasty protein-and-fiber-filled breakfast with the poached pear served over creamy Greek yogurt and crunchy granola.
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) coconut milk
  • ½ cup packed dark brown Muscovado sugar (or substitute dark brown sugar)
  • 3 whole star anise pods
  • 3 firm USA Pears, such as Bosc, Anjou, Red Anjou, or Concorde
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt, divided
  • 1 cup granola, divided

Peel and halve the pears, and scoop out their cores using a spoon or a melon baller.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm coconut milk, sugar, and anise until sugar is dissolved. Submerge the pears in the coconut milk. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes, keeping the heat at low to prevent burning the coconut milk, until the pears are just tender when pierced with a fork. Gently stir the mixture every 8-10 minutes to prevent scorching. Once tender, remove the pears and let cool slightly. Remove the sweetened, spiced coconut milk from heat and set aside.

Spoon 1/3 cup Greek yogurt into 6 serving bowls, and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of granola atop each bowl. Place one poached pear half in each bowl. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the poaching sauce over the top and serve. Refrigerate any leftover pears in the reserved coconut milk.

  • Serving Size: 1 Half Pear
  • Calories: 415 (43% from fat)
  • Carbohydrates: 53g
  • Protein: 12g

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