papayas, firm but ripe
( the sweeter Hawaiian variety is probably best here)
vanilla bean, cut into 6 pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
- Peel the papayas, split them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
- Arrange the prepared papayas, cut side up, in a large baking dish filled with approximately 1/2 inch of water.
- Place one piece of vanilla bean, 1 tsp butter and 2 teaspoons brown sugar in the center of each papaya half.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until tender.