These poached pears for dessert were refreshing, something like we had never had before. They were an instant hit with both of us (remember the fussy-eater husband?)! Just the right amount of sweetness induced by palm sugar, this one is truly a dessert for weight watchers and diabetics alike.
The summer makes me reach out for desserts so often!! Something cool and sweet is all I want! I reach out for fresh fruits too but I only keep wishing they looked fancier like an ice-cream or something! 😀 Well, poaching pears has been on my mind for a while now but I never got around to making them. Coming across fresh pears in the market, having wine at home (which we surprisingly had not finished!) and the summer itself presented a perfect opportunity to make Poached Pears.
While creating a recipe, I am always on the look-out to tweak it to better suit my taste or make it healthier. I have to use “or” because health and taste (my taste especially) usually do not go hand in hand. However, this recipe for poached pears rocked my world! Do go easy on the side of whipped cream though. I had the excuse of a photograph 😛
Why do I call this recipe for poached pears weight-watchers and diabetic friendly? Here you go:
- While fresh fruit is a popular choice for those watching their weight, pears in particular
- Studies have shown that pears which have naturally low GI are perfect for satisfying diabetics’ sweet tooth without losing control over the ailment
- The recipe uses jaggery/cane sugar in place of sugar as a sweetener. It is natural product known for its numerous health benefits in Indian Ayurveda. While it is not significantly lesser in calories than sugar, it is not stripped clean of all vitamins and minerals as in the case of sugar
- The amount of jaggery required to sweeten a dish is just about 1/4th to 1/3rd the quantity of sugar cutting the calorific value of a dish by leaps and bounds!
- The cardamom simmered along with the wine aids digestion and promotes weight loss!
How about it?! A triple trifecta! Pears, Jaggery and cardamom! Go ahead and indulge without worrying about the bulge 😀
By the way, it tastes awesome too. I mean it is no Tiramisu but with probably just 1/4th the calories, I am willing to swap my dessert cravings with Poached Pears almost always (the keyword being almost :P). Anyways, here’s the recipe for