Cider Poached Pears with Yogurt and Almonds Print Email

1 cup apple cider
1/2 freshly squeezed orange juice
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
2 Bosc pears, peeled, halved, and cored
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 1/2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

In a small pan over medium-high heat, bring cider, orange juice, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, and star anise to a boil.

Place pears face down in the pan. Lower heat and simmer gently until a knife inserted into the pears meets no resistance, about 10-20 minutes.

Once pears are tender, kill heat and let cool in pan. Remove to serving plates and set aside.

Over medium heat, reduce remaining poaching liquid to a glaze. Pour over pears.

Mix orange zest with yogurt. Dollop equally on pears.

Sprinkle almonds over yogurt. Serve.

serves 4, active time 15 minutes, total time 40 minutes