Lemon-Poached Pears

Course : Fruits
Serves: 6
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6 medium anjou or bosc or comice pears
1 3/4 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 ounces cream cheese -- softened
2 tablespoons nuts -- chopped
8 medium maraschino cherries -- diced
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
2 large egg yolks -- beaten
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon peel -- grated
6 slices lemon slices -- (for garnish)

Preparation / Directions:

1. Peel pears and core from blossom ends, leaving stems intact 2. Combine water, sugar and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes, then add pears. 3. Cover and cook 12 to 15 minutes, or until pears are tender, basting occasionally with syrup. 4. Combine cream cheese, nuts and cherries; using star tip, pipe cream cheese mixture into core and vertically around pears. Serve with Lemon Sauce. Lemon Sauce Makes about 2 cups 1. Combine sugar, salt, cornstarch and water in saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and clear. 2. Add small amount of hot mixture to beaten egg yolks; blend thoroughly. 3. Return to hot mixture in saucepan; cook and stir 1 minute. 4. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and lemon peel; blend thoroughly. 5. Cool; serve in bowl with garnish of sliced lemon.

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