Ginger and Wine Poached Pears with Pumpkin Whipped Cream

This elegant yet easy autumn dessert features two of autumn's treasures, pears and pumpkins, beautifully presented in individual portions.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8


cups water
cups dry white wine
1 1/4
cups granulated sugar
slices fresh gingerroot
Bosc pears, peeled, cut in half and cored
cup whipping cream
cup powdered sugar
teaspoon vanilla
cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
cup crushed gingersnap cookies

  • 1 In large saucepan, heat water, wine and granulated sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon, gingerroot and pears. Simmer 15 to 25 minutes or until pears are tender. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand until cool. Remove pears from poaching liquid; discard liquid.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. In large bowl, mix pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of the whipped cream. Fold in remaining whipped cream.
  • 3 To serve, spoon pumpkin whipped cream into 8 glasses or dessert bowls. Add 1 pear half to each glass; sprinkle with cookie crumbs.

Expert Tips

Sometimes the pears will float above the syrup; to make sure they are completely covered, top with a round of cooking parchment paper, with a small hole cut in the center.

If you prefer, omit the wine and increase the water to 4 cups; the pears will still be delicious.