Pears are a very understated fruit and this one brings it to the forefront, for elegance, taste and presentation.
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- 4 firm, ripe red skinned pears, halved and cored
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup whipping cream
- 4 oz. white melting chocolate discs
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
Mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a small bowl. Place pear halves, cut side up in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Drizzle with the melted butter and now top with the sugar mixture.
Bake in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for about 30 minutes until the pears are tender, all the while spooning the sugar mixture over the pears halfway through the baking. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
Bring the cream barely to the boil, add the chopped white chocolate and whisk until it has melted completely and is a smooth texture.
Place one pear half on each pretty serving plate, stir the sugar mixture in the baking dish and spoon over the pears. Sprinkle with the almonds and cranberries and while the chocolate is still very warm, drizzle over the pears and serve immediately.
After all the ooohs and aahhs, say calmly to yourself…damn I did this.