Love Baked Apples? How About Baked Pears?

Posted 01/13/2015 | By HealthCorps

Baked apples are a pretty traditional American dessert, especially in the winter when so many different varieties of apples are available. Pears also lend themselves to the baking process. Baked fruit is an elegant way to indulge. Here’s a simple recipe that uses walnuts (protein-rich and chock full of omega-3s) and raisins or cranberries.

Ingredients

Pears (Bosque pears are a good choice)
Brown sugar
Dried cranberries or raisins
Rum extract

Directions per pear

Wash the pear and pat dry.
Cut the pear (or pears) in half.
Gently remove the small central core with the seeds, from each half.
Now scoop out the inner flesh leaving about a half inch rim all the way around.
Place the scooped out soft flesh in a bowl, and add (per pear) – 1 tablespoon of dried raisins or cranberries or both mixed, ½ teaspoon of brown sugar, and a ½ teaspoon of rum extract.
Blend well and gently spoon mixture into the center of each pear half.

Preheat oven and bake the halves at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until you see that the pear bodies are soft. You can use a toothpick to pierce the sides to test for softness.

Optional: Top with a small scoop of frozen Greek yogurt.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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