Poached Pears with Walnut Chocolate Sauce


Try using peaches or nectarines and sprinkle with pistachio nuts.


  • 4 ripe pears (675g)
  • 200ml apple juice
  • 25g 70% dark chocolate
  • 1½ tbsp walnuts, roughly chopped (16g)
  • 50g fat free natural yogurt
  • ¼ tsp LoSalt


  1. Peel the pears leaving the stalks on and trim the bases so that they sit upright. Place in a medium saucepan and add the apple juice and 400ml water, bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Remove pears from the cooking juice and set aside, reserving the juices.
  2. Meanwhile, place the chocolate and 2 tbsp of the cooking juices in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water to melt. Remove the bowl and stir in half the walnuts, the yogurt and LoSalt. Place the pears on dessert plates, drizzle over the chocolate sauce and sprinkle with remaining walnuts.