Maple-Walnut Roasted Pears

pearsLooking for a simple alternative to holiday pies? We’ve adapted this recipe from our friends at Tufts University. The process of roasting brings out the sweet-rich flavor of pears to make an elegant but easy dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Bosc pears (ripe but firm)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a small baking pan, such as a pie pan, with cooking spray.
  2. Mix 2 Tbsp finely chopped walnuts (or pecans) and 2 Tbsp maple syrup in small bowl.
  3. Wash and dry 2 ripe but firm Bosc pears. Cut pears in half lengthwise. Remove cores with a melon baller or small spoon. Use a small sharp knife to cut a V shape around stem of cut side; remove stem. Trim the stalk at the base of each pear half.
  4. Score a zigzag pattern over cut surface of pears with tip of small sharp knife. Cut a thin slice off the rounded side of each pear half so that it sits firmly. Arrange pear halves, cut side up, in baking dish.
  5. Spoon nut mixture into hollowed-out core of each pear half. Pour 1/2 cup apple juice (or apple cider or pear nectar) into baking dish.
  6. Cover dish with foil; bake until pears are starting to become tender, 30 minutes (40 minutes if pears are very firm).
  7. Uncover and baste pears with pan juices. Bake, uncovered, basting several times, until pears are tender and glazed. If liquid is evaporating too quickly, add a little juice or water.
  8. Serve warm, drizzled with pan juices.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition Facts per serving : 110 calories, 2.5 grams total fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 3 grams fiber, 18 grams sugars per serving.

Key Ingredient Benefits

Maple Syrup: The nutrients found in maple syrup include energy, water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. In terms of minerals, it contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, and zinc. Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6 are also found in maple syrup

Pears: Pears are a mild, sweet fruit with a fibrous center. They are rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber and pack all of those nutrients in a fat-free, cholesterol-free, 100-calorie package.

Walnuts: These nuts are an excellent source of precursors to the anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids and great for your heart and circulatory system. Walnuts are also rich in antioxidants and are an excellent source of manganese and other essential elements.