Poached Pears in Chambord

This is a favorite breakfast starter at Sunrise Landing, but works as a light dessert, as well.

4 large pears, peeled, cut in half and cored
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons Chambord (raspberry liquor)
4 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons blueberries
2 tablespoons raspberries
cheddar, bleu, or feta cheese.

Place the pears cored side up in glass baking dish. Mix sugar, cinnamon, Chambord and wine and pour over the pears. Divide berries among pears. Cover and microwave on high for 10 minutes (adjust time depending on how ripe the pears are – the harder the pears, the longer they will need to be cooked). Serve warm with sauce and a sprinkling of shredded Asiago or crumbled blue or feta cheese.  You can use fresh, frozen or dried berries for this recipe. Serves 8. Enjoy!
NOTE: Did you know that pears are a great source of dietary fiber? One pear provides 16 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber.

Adapted from the Inn Keeper’s Kitchen, Arrington Publishing, courtesy of Desert Willow Bed & Breakfast, Jemez Springs, New Mexico

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