Baked pears with chocolate and raspberry sauce
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This simple yet impressive-looking dessert requires just five ingredients to make, and you and your guests won't be able to get enough of it. It's the perfect finishing sweet touch after a successful fall dinner party. Roasting the pears really intensifies their sweetness. All you have to do is cut them in half, brush them with melted butter, and bake in the oven until tender, which should take about half an hour. Filling their core with chocolate and drizzling them with raspberry sauce is a wonderful finishing touch. Feel free to use your favourite berries instead of raspberries to make the sauce, if desired.
3 medium, ripe but firm, halved and cored
½ tsp(s), melted
Unsweetened frozen raspberries
1 tbsp(s), granulated
Semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp(s), chopped (or use mini chips)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Arrange pears, cut sides up, in shallow baking dish; brush with melted butter. Bake until tender, 30−35 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put raspberries and sugar in small saucepan; bring to simmer over medium-high heat, mashing berries with wooden spoon against bottom and sides of pan. Reduce heat to low; simmer until raspberries are very soft, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and strain sauce through sieve, pressing on mixture to extract as much liquid as possible; set aside.
- When pears are finished baking, turn off oven. Remove baking dish from oven and fill each pear cavity with ½ teaspoon chocolate chips; return to oven until chocolate melts, about 5 minutes.
- Remove pears from oven; let stand 1 minute. Drizzle with raspberry sauce or spoon sauce on plates and place pear half on top.
- Serving size: 1 pear half and 2 teaspoons raspberry sauce