Warm Caramel Pears
Okay...you've got someone special to impress, but you can't even boil water. It doesn't get much easier than this elegant dessert. All that and it's healthy, too!
Equipment: stove, oven, baking dish
How long does it take?
What's in it?
1 Tablespoon margarine (without hydrogenated fat)
1/2 cup brown sugar
pinch of ground cinnamon
4 medium pears
How to make it:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Step 2: Prepare the baking dish.
Spread the margarine in an 8-inch square baking dish. Sprinkle half of the sugar and half of the cinnamon around the baking dish and put it in the oven for a minute or two (until the margarine melts).
Step 3: Prepare the pears.
Wash the pears and slice them lengthwise. Remove the seeds. Place pears cut side down in the baking dish, and top with remaining sugar and cinnamon.
Step 4: Bake the pears.
Bake for 20 minutes. Pears will be caramel brown when done.
Baked pears are similar to baked apples. They taste terrific served warm or cool.
Calories 165, Protein 0 g, Carbohydrate 39 g, Fat 2 g (saturated fat 0 g), Vitamin A 145 IU (18% of RDA), Vitamin E 1 mg (10% of RDA)
What's in it for you?
Pears, like most fruit, are high in fiber. High-fiber foods usually take more time to chew—so, they can help to slow down a munch-out. When baked, they go down smooth and easy.
Margarine is a healthy alternative to butter—sort of. Some margarines contain unhealthy hydrogenated fats (also called trans-fatty acids). The bottom-line? Always check the Nutrition Facts label and choose a margarine that doesn't contain hydrogenated fats.