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Warm Caramel Pears'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!

Servings: 4

Equipment: stove, oven, baking dish

How long does it take?

30 minutes

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.

Nutrition breakdown:

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.

Chef's tip:

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.

Last Modified Date: 10/13/2000