Cinnamon-scented baked pears
Dessert doesn't have to require hours of baking. You just need a few good quality ingredients to pull together something sweet with ease. Take this recipe for example. It’s simple, elegant and is sure to impress and comes together in minutes. Celebrated for being one of the sweetest pear varieties, Comice pears are excellent paired with salty cheese like ricotta. Packham pears are sweeter than Bartletts which make them the better sub if needed. To enhance the flavor of this dessert, pour the cooked pear juices into a small saucepan and reduce by half over medium-high heat. Spoon over the pears before serving.
4 medium, very ripe and juicy, such as Comice or Packham
¾ tsp, divided
Fat-free ricotta cheese
Splenda No Calorie sweetener packets
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cut pears lengthwise in quarters and core; do not peel. Slice pear quarters into 1/4-inch-thick slices. 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.
- 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.