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Cinnamon Poached Pears with Dulce de Leche

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Pears are poached in cinnamon and drizzled with just enough dulce de leche to make this fruit a satisfying dessert!

Cinnamon Poached Pears with Dulce de Leche

  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Prep Time: 1 hr
  • Cooking Time: 30 min


  • 2 pears of choice, peeled and cored
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TB dulce de leche
  • 2 TB queso fresco, crumbled


  1. Mix water and sugar in a deep pot and heat on low until sugar is dissolved. Add the cinnamon.
  2. Place pears in syrup solution and cook on low until they are tender. Turn them about halfway through cooking to ensure all sides get soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Carefully remove pears from pan. Cool, then refrigerate.
  4. Slice the chilled pears like a flower, keeping the bottom intact. You may need to slice the pear bottoms to allow them to stand. Fill each one with 1 TB slightly warmed dulce de leche, and 1 crumbled queso. Serve and enjoy!

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Here's a beautiful and light dessert- pears poached in a simple syrup with the slightest hint of cinnamon. They still tasted like pears, but fancy pears. The fortunate by-product of doing this is a this magnificent pear flavored simple syrup, perfect for tea or oatmeal or anything that could benefit from its addition.

I warmed the dulce de leche up a little, perhaps a little too much, making it a little runny. Does that make it any less delicious? I’d argue that it makes it more.

Sprinkled with some queso fresco, these pears as a dessert/snack/just because were sort of perfect. Seriously, what’s not to love?

The slightly salty queso paired with the-oh-so-sweet dulce…YES. I thought about adding nuts, perhaps toasted pecans, but then, after thinking really hard about it, decided that it didn’t need any. GROUNDBREAKING. I’m not sure I’ve ever said that before. I’m such a sucker for nuts.

So in the end, this is what we got. I hope you enjoy it as well!


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