Brown sugar and lemon-baked pear halves filled with a brandied nut stuffing and topped with liqueur-scented whipped cream. Pretty enough, light enough, and easy enough for any occasion.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 large pears, peeled, halved, and cored
- 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 2 teaspoons brandy, sherry, or other liqueur
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Mix 1/3 cup brown sugar with water and lemon juice together in an ungreased baking dish until sugar is dissolved. Arrange pear halves, core side down, in the dish, and baste with the sauce. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake pears in the preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until fork-tender but not mushy.
Meanwhile, mix nuts together with the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy, and the yogurt; set aside. In a separate bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle in white sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons of brandy, or liqueur of choice, and gently whip a few strokes more.
To serve, place one pear half in the center of each serving plate and fill core cavity with nut stuffing. Top with whipped cream. Serve warm.