Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year's Eve Treat! ~ Baked caramelized pears recipe

Our New Year's treat!!! For New Year's Eve, I made a special dessert that we all could share. Baked caramelized pears with coconut ice cream. Here is the easy peasy recipe (can substitute out any safe fruit for the pears that caramelizes well. I think peaches and apples would work especially well here, but bananas could be tasty too).

Baked Caramelized Pears
2 large pears, pealed, cored and halved
3 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1 Tbsp honey
Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
Coconut ice cream-- Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F). Peel, halve and core the pears. Place each pear half in its own baking dish (ramekins worked very well). In a small bowl, whisk together oil, sugar and honey. If not in a hurry (which I was!!), you can do this in a small saucepan on low heat and the ingredients will blend very nicely. Drizzle mixture over pears. Place ramekins in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check occasionally to be sure the pears are not drying out-- if they appear to be drying, simply drizzle the "caramel sauce" over them again and place back in the oven. When done baking, pears will be very soft and very delicious. Place on pretty plate, top with two small ice cream scoops and drizzle sauce left in ramekin over the dessert. Serve warm. You can sprinkle shredded coconut over top of the dish if desired. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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