I want to share this sweet and crunchy dessert that’s become a favorite with our family. It’s easy to prepare and it’s a good time to make it as pears are starting to come into season.
- 2 ripe but firm pears.
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds (optional)
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup mascarpone or sour cream
- 2 teaspoon sugar, honey or maple syrup
RECIPE FOR PEARS
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Cut pears in half and gently cut out the cores.
- Place pears, cut side up on a small baking pan. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil.
- Bake on the upper rack until soft, about 20 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly.
RECIPE FOR TOPPING
- Toss almonds, pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, salt and 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
- Toast until brown in a cast iron pan on top of the stove for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Turn frequently.
- Remove from oven and mix in sesame seeds. Let cool slightly.
RECIPE FOR SAUCE
- Whisk mascarpone and sweetener in a small bowl.
Spoon mascarpone onto plates. Place pears on mascarpone. Sprinkle topping on pears. Enjoy.
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