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Mimosa Poached Pear with Summer Berries

What a great way to start the summer season. Use any type of berry you prefer in this dessert and if desired, replace the champagne with Grand Marnier for a more citrus pronounced flavor. Enjoy this phenomenally flavored dessert cold, as directed below, or warmed up when served with ice cream.


For 2 people


  • 1 firm pear
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen *
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup champagne or orange flavored liqueur
  • Ice cream if desired

Mimosa Poached Pear with Summer Berries Directions

  1. Peel pear and cut in half vertically while keeping the stem on one of the halves. Core each half carefully with a teaspoon; set aside pear. Add berries, sugar and juice in a large skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring once or twice.
  2. Once boiling, remove berries with slotted spoon into a bowl; set aside. Add pear halves, cover, reduce to low and simmer 20 minutes, or until pear is tender, but not falling apart. Turn pear over halfway through cooking.
  3. Remove pear to a plate; set aside. Increase heat to medium, uncover and boil juice until reduced to about 1/2 cup, stirring frequently. It will thicken substantially. Stir in champagne and transfer to a shallow bowl. Slice pears from a half-inch down from stem end to the bottom. Place pears back into reduction, along with berries.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, spooning sauce over pear halfway through cooling time, or simply, and carefully, flip over.
  5. To serve, place a mound of your favorite ice cream in each of 2 bowls along with a pear halves and equal amounts of berries with thickened juice.
  6. * I used the frozen mixed berries, which consisted of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and black berries.