Thursday, January 9, 2014

An Easy, Delicious Dessert


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Things are starting to warm up in our part of the country, and I hope it is in your area as well. That deep-freeze was not much fun!

Last night I made this warm, sweet dessert, and everyone loved it.

EASY BAKED PEARS

4 fresh pears, halved, cored and peeled
4 tablespoons soft butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. Rub pear halves generously with butter and place in baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until knife inserted in thickest part of pear comes out easily. When serving, spoon some of the liquid from the baking dish over the pears. These are delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

This recipe was on several websites, so no definitive attribution can be made.
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There are about 3,000 varieties of pears grown around the world, but the most familiar are the Bartlett and the Anjou. Native to Europe and Asia, the first pear trees were planted in the United States in 1620. They were first cultivated in Europe about 1000 B.C. Pears are rich in vitamin C, as well as fiber and many vitamins and antioxidants. 

A medium pear has around 100 calories. It also provides about 26 grams carbohydrates, 16 grams sugar, 1 gram protein, 6 grams fiber (all based on RDA).

Pears are also said to be very non-allergenic and easy for almost anyone to consume.

And what about a nice pear jam? That sounds like something I'll have to try!
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