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Deconstructed Poached Pear

Michele Pesula Kuegler
The perfect beginning or ending to a meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2


  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 bosc pear
  • 1 cup white wine I used an unoaked Chardonnay
  • 2 ounces goat cheese at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Combine almonds and maple syrup in microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring after each.
  • When syrup clings to almonds and no liquid rests in bottom of bowl, remove from microwave.
  • Transfer almonds to a cutting board or piece of waxed paper.
  • Spread out and cool.
  • Cut pears in half, and carefully remove stems and cores.
  • Cut each half into 10-12 thin slices.
  • Pour wine into small saucepot, and place on high heat.
  • When wine begins to boil, reduce to a simmer and add pear slices.
  • Allow slices to simmer for 4-5 minutes or until just fork tender.
  • While simmering combine goat cheese and milk in bowl of a stand mixer or regular bowl with hand mixer.
  • Mix on medium speed until fluffy.
  • To assemble: place 5-6 pear slices on plate.
  • Form a quenelle of goat cheese, using two spoons.
  • Sprinkle with almonds.
Keyword pears and goat cheese