MAPLE BAKED STUFFED PEARS
4 mediumfirm pears with stems
1/4 cdried cranberries or dried tart red cherries
3 Tbspchopped walnuts, toasted
1 Tbsplemon juice
2 1/2 tspsugar
1/4 cpure maple syrup
How to Make MAPLE BAKED STUFFED PEARS
- Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each pear so the pears stand up. Working through the bottom of each pear, use a melon baller to remove the core.
- In a small bowl combine cranberries (or cherries), walnuts, lemon juice, and sugar. Spoon cranberry mixture into the hollowed-out bottoms of pears. Stand pears in an ungreased 2-qt. square baking dish. Add the water to baking dish. Pour maple syrup over and around the pears. Sprinkle any remaining cranberry mixture into bottom of dish.
- Bake in a preheated 350º oven, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or until pears are tender, basting occasionally with cooking liquid.
- To serve, spoon any remaining cooking liquid over pears. If desired, cut pears in half, topping with remaining filling from bottom of dish. Serve warm. A dollop of whipped cream is not a bad idea.