Almond Butter-Stuffed PearsA formal dinner calls for an elegant dessert like these stuffed pears. A mild nutty…
Almond Butter-Stuffed Pears
2 cups unblanched whole almonds, toasted 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 cups pear juice 3 cups sweet white wine, divided 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 vanilla bean, split 12 medium pears
Combine almonds and salt in a food processor.
Cover and process until almonds are finely chopped.
Add oil; cover and process until blended.
In a large saucepan, combine pear juice, 1 cup wine, brown sugar and vanilla bean.
Bring to a boil.
Remove from heat; remove vanilla bean.
With a sharp knife, scrape bean to remove the seeds; stir into sauce.
Return to a boil; cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 50-55 minutes or until mixture coats the back of a metal spoon.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°.
Slice 1 in.
off the top of each pear and set aside.
Core pears, leaving bottoms intact.
Fill with reserved almond mixture.
Place pears in a shallow roasting pan; replace tops.
Add remaining wine.
Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until pears are tender, basting occasionally.
Serve with sauce.
Nutrition Facts 1 each:
- 309 calories, 15g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 8g fiber), 6g protein.