Recipe of the Week: Poached pears and butterscotch 9 years ago

Recipe of the Week: Poached pears and butterscotch

Fancy a sweet and tasty dessert that only has 3 ProPoints per portion? Of course you do...

Sometimes we have to give into the demands of our sweet tooth, so here's a simple sweet and tasty recipe for some poached pears and butterscotch sauce.


Poached pears and butterscotch

These lightly poached pears take on a hint of lemon which cuts through the richness of the butterscotch sauce.

  • 3 ProPoints per serving
  • 7 ProPoints per recipe
  • 25 mins preparation, 10 mins cooking


  • 2 pears
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 lemon zest strips, pith removed

For the sauce:

  • 25g (1oz) low fat spread
  • 25g (1oz) soft brown sugar
  • 15g (½ oz) low fat soft cheese


  1. Peel the pears, leaving the stalk in place (because it looks fancy), and cut a thin slice from the bottom so that they stand upright.  Bore into the base with a corer or small, sharp knife and remove the core, to about three-quarters of the way up.
  2. Place the sugar in a small lidded pan, big enough to hold both pears with 200ml (7fl oz) of water and the lemon zest.  Bring to the boil and stir to dissolve the sugar.  Add the pears, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until soft (this will depend on the ripeness of the pears). Remove from the heat.
  3. In another pan, melt the low fat spread with the brown sugar and let it boil for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the soft cheese.
  4. Drain the pears, discarding the juice and serve a pear each, with the sauce drizzled over.

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