Caramelized Pears
An excellent light ending to any meal!

Servings: 4

• 4 red Bartlett pears
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Halve pears lengthwise; remove cores with a small melon baller or small spoon) Place sugar on a plate.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Press cut side of each halved pear in sugar. Place sugared, cut side down in skillet. Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 8 minutes. This will carmelize the sugar.

Add 1/2 cup water. Cover; simmer until pears are tender, 5 to 10 minutes (depending on how ripe your pears are). Add more water if sugar begins to burn. Remove pears from skillet.

If liquid in pan is thin, simmer until thickened to a saucelike consistency; if it is thick, add more water. Serve sauce over pears.

Per Serving: 162 Calories; 1g Fat (3.4% calories from fat); trace Saturated Fat; 1g Protein; 42g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; trace Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

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