Here’s a quick and easy dessert idea. I have been consciously trying to prepare in season dishes and right now here in New England, pears are in season. My beloved brussel sprouts (mon petite chou) are due to be in season soon. Swoon! It has been my experience that people either love brussel spouts or they absolutely detest them. Well, all I can say is, more for me! Ha!
I do love fall, apples, apple crisp and all the other wonderful apple recipes. As I write this sipping apple cider, I must ask, what about the pears? If you happen to go apple picking, check out the pears. It is just a suggestion, but if you do, and bring home at least four delectable pears, please consider this recipe.
Place pears in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes until soft.
Once cool, place each pear on a serving plate or dish and add one scoop of vanilla ice cream (I used a non-dairy ice cream), some of the apricot glaze from the baking pan and a pinch of cinnamon. Prop the pear upright with a cinnamon stick as a garnish. It is quite a sweet dessert. Enjoy!
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- ½ cup apricot preserves
- ¼ cup orange juice (freshly squeezed if you can, ¼ cup was equal to one orange for me)
- ¼ cup apple cider
- 4 pears – peeled, halved lengthwise and cored
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 8 cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional, but will hold the pears up on dish)
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the apricot preserves, orange juice, and apple cider in a bowl.
- Place pears core side down in a baking dish. Spread the apricot preserve mixture all over the pears.
- Bake until softened 25-35 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes.
- Place one scoop of ice cream in each pear half and drizzle with the sauce from the baking dish. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
By the way, I used this method to squeeze the juice from the orange.
This recipe is from Rachael Ray magazine, December/January 2009
I must know, are you yay brussel sprouts or nay? (I am the only one in my house that is yay!)
Have a great weekend!