Caramelized Pears with Toasted Walnuts

My Mom recently introduced me to the simplest, most delicious dessert: caramelized pears with toasted walnuts . And it’s healthy too! I would credit the developer of this recipe if I knew who it was – please speak up if it came from your kitchen!  (Edit: the original recipe came from Wine Country Cooking School in Niagara-on-the-Lake and I have adapted it slightly.  Thank you!)

I promised in my first post that I’d talk about the health benefits of one of my favourite combinations and here they are:

  • Pears are high in fibre, which helps to keep our intestines healthy and free of toxins. You’ll find them listed on many detox menus as they are cleansing for the body.
  •   Both walnuts and pears are high in something called phytonutrients. These have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to fight off infection and disease in our bodies and keep us feeling young.
  •  The nuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to our health and contribute to the smooth operation of our bodies in so many ways; glowing skin, a sharp mind, and lubricated intestines to name a few.

So eat up and enjoy!

Here’s the recipe for 4 servings:

  • 2 ripe barlett pears
  • about 4 ounces of blue cheese
  • a sprinkle of walnuts
  • a sprinkle of dried cherries
  • a drizzle of good liquid honey (preferably raw and organic)

Directions:

  •  Peel the pears, cut them in half and scoop out the seeds and core.
  • Put them cut side down on a baking sheet in a 300F oven and bake for about a half hour (this can happen while you’re eating dinner).
  • put the walnuts on a pan and add to the oven for the last 5 minutes or so (they quickly go from raw to burned in minutes so watch them)
  • Check the pears towards the end. You want them soft and easy to cut with a fork, but not mushy.
  • Take them out of the oven, turn the pears over and put a scoop of cheese in the centre of each pear.
  • Put them back in the oven for a minute to melt the cheese (optional step)
  • Once melted to your liking, place each pear half on a dessert plate, sprinkle with toasted walnuts and dried cherries and, to make a nice presentation (and further cut the cheese with a bit more sweetness), drizzle some honey over the whole thing.

You can also use a milder cheese such as brie or camembert if you are not a fan of blue (but I really encourage you to try something blue) and dried cranberries will work in a pinch if you don’t have cherries.

Easy and delicious!



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