Cinnamon-scented baked pears
SmartPoints® value per serving
Dessert doesn't have to require hours of baking. This simple yet elegant recipe is sure to impress -- especially during pear season!
4 medium, very ripe and juicy, such as Comice or Packham
Fat-free ricotta cheese
1½ tsp(s), calorie free sweetener such as Splenda or Sweet'N Low
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Cut pears lengthwise in quarters and core; do not peel. Slice pears 1/4-inch thick widthwise. Arrange half of pears in a 9-inch glass pie dish in concentric circles. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Top with remaining pear slices and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Bake until pears are tender and give off juices, about 25 minutes; remove from oven. (Note: To enhance the flavour of this dessert, pour the cooked juices into a small pot and reduce by half. Spoon over the pears before serving.)
- Place ricotta in bowl of an electric mixer. Add Splenda and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Beat until cheese is light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Yields about 1 cup of pears topped with 1/4 cup of seasoned ricotta per serving.