Luscious Pears in Raspberry Sauce

Total Time
30mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
20 mins

From Vegetarian Times, this simple and elegant dessert is a snap to throw together. Begin with the best ingredients and you'll end with a delicious dessert. Sometimes pumpkin pie is too heavy for the Thanksgiving meal and this recipe fits the bill perfectly. Experiment with another flavor of jam if you choose.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 3 firm bosc pears or 3 bartlett pears
  • 12 cup fresh orange juice
  • 14 cup raspberry jam (homemade or the best quality store bought) or 14 cup raspberry jelly (homemade or the best quality store bought)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (can substitute white wine or fruit liquer-optional)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon or 1 pinch nutmeg or 1 pinch cardamom
  • 1 inch piece vanilla pod, slit down the side (my addition)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Garnish

  • fresh mint

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the pears in half lengthwise, remove seeds, peel and core. Place the pears cut side down in an oven-proof baking dish.
  3. Combine the juice, jam, mirin (or substitute), cinnamom, nutmeg or cardamom, vanilla pod piece and salt.
  4. Pour this mixture over the pears; cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake pears until soft, about 25 minutes.
  6. Remover the vanilla pod and arrange the pears cut side up on a serving platter. Spoon remaining sauce from the baking dish over the pears. Garnish with mint leaves or verbena leaves if desired.