Poached Asian Pears in Raspberry Sauce
4 Frieda’s Asian Pears
1 cup apple juice
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup water
Few strips of lemon or orange peel
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
2 tablespoons sugar
Core Asian pears, if desired, or leave stem and core intact. In a saucepan, combine the apple juice, wine, water, and lemon or orange peel. Place pears in liquid. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes, spooning liquid over pears frequently during cooking. (Pears will still be firm after cooking.) Chill pears in liquid.
Meanwhile, prepare Raspberry Sauce: In a blender or food processor bowl, place berries. Cover and process until smooth. Add sugar; process again. If desired, strain sauce to remove seeds. Cover and chill sauce until needed.
To serve, spoon some of the Raspberry Sauce onto 4 dessert plates; place a pear in center of sauce in each plate. Pass any remaining sauce to spoon over pears.