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Winter pears retain their firmness even when cooked. Baking concentrates the sugars and creates a light, sweet dessert that’s worthy of the best dining venue, yet simple enough for weeknight meals. Just pop the baking dish in the oven, with the prepared pears, and this will be ready when dinner is served.

Baked Pears with Chocolate

  • Author: Chris Dalziel
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 pear servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking

Description

A tasty and simple dessert.


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Ingredients

  • 2 firm ripe large winter pears, such as Comice, Anjou, Bosc, Seckle, Nelis, and Forelle.
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. chocolate mint extract
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  • Slice pears in half lengthwise.
  • Remove the core, leaving halves intact.
  • Butter the inside of a shallow 8 x 8 baking pan.
  • Place the pears skin side down, in the baking pan.
  • Mix butter and honey together in a small dish.
  • Pour the butter-honey mixture over the pears, allowing the mixture to pool in the hollow left by the removed core.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake the pears in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pears from the oven.
  • Drizzle the hot pears with chocolate-mint extract.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler until liquid.
  • Place one half pear on a serving plate.
  • Drizzle the baked pears with melted chocolate just before serving.
  • Repeat with the remaining 3 pear halves.
  • Serve.

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