Pears Baked in Wine

These make a beautiful presentation as well as being delicious.

Servings: 4

• 4 ripe pears, preferably Bosc, with stems, washed and dried
• 2 cup(s) Riesling or other fruity white wine
• 1/4 cup(s) honey
• 4 cinnamon sticks
• 4 bay leaves
• 4 strip(s) orange zest

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear, so they will stand upright. Arrange the pears in a 9- to 10-inch pie pan or similar baking dish. Whisk wine and honey in a medium bowl until well blended; pour over the pears. Add cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and orange zest to the wine mixture around the pears.

Roast the pears, basting every 15 minutes, until they are wrinkled and tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the type of pear used.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears to shallow dessert bowls. Pour the wine mixture into a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil until slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Drizzle over the pears and garnish with the cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and orange zest. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

Per Serving: 284 Calories; 1g Fat (4.1% calories from fat); trace Saturated Fat; 1g Protein; 56g Carbohydrate; 12g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 11mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 Fruit; 0 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

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