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845 -- SWEETLY POACHED PEARS

6 med. ripe pears (about 2 lbs.)
5 c. white, unsweetened grape juice
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 inch whole cinnamon stick
1/4 c. golden raisins
Peel pears, leaving stems on. In a medium size pan, heat juices, vanilla
bean, and cinnamon stick to a simmer. Add pears. Simmer 25 to 30 minutes,
uncovered, turning pears occasionally, until tender when pierced with a knife.
Remove pears with a slotted spoon. Reduce syrup 30 to 35 minutes to 1 1/2 cups.
Strain. Stir in raisins and cool syrup to room temperature. Serve pears in
small glass compote bowls. Spoon raisins and syrup over and around pears.
Serves 6. Per serving: 187 calories, 48 gm carbohydrates, 1 gm protein, trace
fat, 3 gm sodium. Exchanges: 3 fruit. Cholesterol: 9 mg per serving.
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