When apples and pears are in season from autumn into winter, I keep a large bowl on the countertop for out-of-hand eating. I also love to poach them to transform them into this luscious dessert.
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Excerpted from Mad Hungry Family by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2016. Photograph by Jonathan Lovekin.
- 1 cup apple cider
- 2 tablespoons dry vermouth or dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 star anise pods or cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
- 3 Anjou or Bartlett pears peeled, cored, and sliced into 6 slices each
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Crisp cookies for serving (optional)
- Combine the apple cider, vermouth, butter, star anise, and salt in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the pears, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, until the pears are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Whisk together the yogurt and honey. Divide the pears and poaching liquid among four bowls and serve topped with a dollop of honey-yogurt and the cookies, if desired.
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