Jump to Recipe

Cranberry Poached Pears with Mascarpone



prep time:

30 mins

cook time:

30 mins

Total time:

1 hour 0 mins




  • 5 medium-size Bosc pears , peeled

  • 2 ½ cups cranberries , rinsed

  • Juice of an orange

  • Orange zest

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, more as garnish

  • 6 cups water

  • ⅓ cup honey (or more to taste)

  • Vermont Creamery Mascarpone

    1 cup

  • ¼ cup hazelnuts


  1. Place pears, cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and rosemary sprig in 3 1/2-quart Dutch oven or large saucepan with lid
  2. Pour water over ingredients in pan. Drizzle with honey.,Cover pan with lid; bring to a boil over medium heat
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 15-20 mintues or until knife inserted into one of the pears goes in and out easily
  4. At serving time, spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese into bottom of individual serving bowls. Place one pear into each bowl; drizzle with juices.
  5. Spoon cooked cranberries into each bowl. Sprinkle each with hazelnuts and a few leaves of fresh rosemary. Drizzle with more honey, if desired.