Poached Pears With Whipped Cream Recipe


poached pear

An original recipe  from Lyfebulb CEO Dr. Karin Hehenberger, MD, PhD

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Pears are delicious, particularly in the fall and winter, and can easily be found in most food markets. This dessert is healthy and looks so yummy.


1 1/2 cups (350 ml) red wine
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon stevia
1/2 vanilla bean(pod) split in half lengthwise and seeds scraped out or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
5 cloves
1 orange, quartered
4 small ripe pears, peeled
Scant 1/2 cup (100ml)
whipping cream,
whipped, to serve
Serves 4


1. In a saucepan large enough to hold the pears snugly, pour in the wine and lemon juice, then add the stevia, vanilla seeds or extract, cinnamon, and cloves, Squeeze the juice from the orange quarts into the saucepan, then add one of the squeezed orange quarters to the saucepan and discard the remainder. Finally, add the pears.
2. Set the saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes, turning the pears occasionally, until they’re easily pierced with the tip of a knife. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to individual plates.
3. Pour the poaching liquid through a strainer set over a bowl and discard the orange quarter and spices.  Return the poaching liquid to the saucepan, bring to a simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the poaching liquid is syrupy and reduced by two-thirds.  Let cool a little( you don’t want the syrup to melt the whipped cream).
4. Spoon the syrup over the pears and serve with the whipped cream.
Per serving: 239 kcals, 10.3 g fat (6.3 g saturates), 16.9 g carbohydrate (16.7 sugars), 1.3 G protein, 3.6 g fiber, trace salt


Karin’s Holiday Gift Guide: For Him!

Yesterday I shared with you my favorite gifts for all of the women in your life, but let us not forget the men! I have teamed up with french restaurateur, Jean – who also had three fashion stores called DeNoyer, introducing European pret-a-porter in the United States –  to bring you our top picks for the guys. From menswear to accessories, we’ve got you covered. Check it out below, and hurry, as we’ve only got a week left to get all of this holiday shopping in!


  1. Napapijri Jacket. Baby it’s cold outside! As the temperatures continue to drop, treat him to a nice jacket. While it is lightweight, it has Thermore EVOdown® insulation which will keep him super warm! ($163)
  2. Hermes Sac a Depeches. Work in style! This classic black calfskin briefcase will become a staple in his everyday life.  ($8,450)
  3. Bleu de Chanel. Hands down my favorite cologne, and Jeans go-to. Every man will love this fresh and woody scent. ($150)
  4. Incotex Navy Blue Pant. We are loving these Incotex pants. They are easy to pair with many outfits and provide the best fit and comfort. A true favorite, plus it’s on sale for 64% off! ($189)
  5. Lionel Messi Barcelona Home Jersey. My father loves Messi, and my sister has lived in Barcelona for nearly 15 years, so we’ve kind of become big Barcelona fans. A jersey is the perfect gift for that sports fan in your life. If you don’t care for Messi, the site has many other players as well! ? ($100)
  6. The Three Crowns Cufflinks. These cufflinks are inspired by the ancient national emblem of the Kingdom of Sweden. The perfect gift to introduce any man to the Swedish culture. We love it because of my family background! ($74)
  7. Happy Socks. Happy socks have always been a Lyfebulb favorite. We even featured it on our diabetic friendly gift guide here. This is a great gift to add a pop of fun to a man’s wardrobe! Plus, we hear in Silicon Valley, the socks make the tech entrepreneur.  ($12)
  8. Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Watch. There is no watch more classic than a Rolex. He will love this luxurious gift, and it will quickly become his go-to statement piece. ($11,850)
  9. Orrefors Sweden Tumbler. For the man who loves his drink. This timeless and simple glass designed by Ingegerd Raman will bring that drink to life. ($43)
  10. Charvet Knit Silk Tie. Every man needs a good knit silk tie, and this is our favorite! The dark red makes it perfect for the holiday and winter season. ($195)
  11. ECCO Hybrid Golf Shoes. Our shoe pick for the golfer in your life! The light moon rock color makes it very versatile, the leather is water resistant, and the shoe is designed for comfort. What more could he ask for! ($160)

Karin’s Holiday Gift Guide: For Her!

The holiday season is here and I love indulging my friends and family with incredible gifts! I’ve curated some of my favorite products, including something for all of the lovely ladies in your life. Enjoy!


  1. For the prep: Isabel Marant Cable-Knit Sweater.  Cute, cozy, and warm! Sure to be the new staple piece of any woman’s closet. Plus Net-a Porter currently has this sweater 60% off! GO! ($314)
  2. For the bold: Ippolita Mini Lollipop earrings. I love adding a pop of color to my outfits. Especially in the winter, when I resort to black and darker colors. The bold and fun woman in your life will love these earrings! ($650)
  3. For EVERYONE! Valentino Little Black Dress. You can truly never go wrong with a little black dress. Every woman needs one. Right now I’m crushing on this Valentino number, with just the right amount of embellishment around the neck. Wear it with or without a pair of tights! ($1,794)
  4. For the perfume lover: Bond Nuits de Noho Perfume. This perfume is the perfect blend of fruity and musky. The Nuits de Noho girl is bold, fearless, and sexy.  If you are looking for a great perfume, you’ve found it. ($300)
  5. For the fashionista: Hermes Kelly Bag. This is a classic, timeless bag, made famous in 1956 by the Princes of Monaco, Grace Kelly. It is rare and precious. Any fashionista will marvel over this gift. ($8,750)
  6. For the best host: Georg Jensen Champagne Sabre. Every host needs one of these, and this gift is perfect just in time for the New Year! Your friend will just love popping her champagne bottle with this sabre! ($200)
  7. For the jewelry collector: Cartier Juste Un Clou Bracelet. This is anything but ‘just a nail.’ This fine statement piece is a must have in every jewelry lover’s collection. ($6,800)
  8. For the rockstar: Zadig & Voltaire leggings. These leggings are 100% stretch lambskin, and add a bit of edge to every outfit. ($845)
  9. For the beauty buff: NARS Copacabana. It’s all about the highlight! The versatility of this product allows for a little extra shimmer for your eyes, lips, and of course, those cheekbones! Your friend won’t leave the house without it again! ($39)
  10. For the thinker: Smythson ‘Make It Happen’ Notebook. At Lyfebulb, we take notes in our Smythson notebooks all day. We couldn’t live without it! This notebook is the perfect gift for the writer, thinker, scholar, or entrepreneur in your life! ($75)
  11. For the homebody: Three J NYC Pajama Set. This is the softest cotton-flannel pajama set on the market. So cozy she won’t want to get out of these on those lazy Sunday mornings. ($120)
  12. For the shoe-obsessed: Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps. I’m loving these red suede pumps! They are the perfect shoe to accent any outfit, and the thick heels makes them comfortable for long-wear! They would also go great with the Valentino LDB above! ($675)
  13. For the decor lover: Diptyque Set of Three Candles. Diptyque has long been a Lyfebulb Favorite. This set of three candles has nailed all of the holiday scents: vary from pine to spices, to sweet baking. Any festive home-lovers will appreciate these! ($100)
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