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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