Roasted Pears with Crumb Topping

and Honey Whipped Ricotta

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These pears are a great Fall recipe!  You can easily double the recipe and serve them cold; they are delicious either way.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 D’anjou pears

4 tsp. lemon juice

3 tsp. brown sugar

1/2-1 cup water (enough to cover pears halfway in baking dish)

1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp. butter, softened

1/2-1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

2 tsp. honey

METHOD 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Slice pears in half lengthwise and place cut side up in a glass baking dish.

  • Sprinkle pear halves with lemon juice and brown sugar.

  • Pour water into baking dish until it covers the pears halfway.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until pears are soft.

  • Add cinnamon to panko crumbs and mix well.  In small bowl, cut butter into panko crumbs using two knives

  • Remove pears from oven and pour out water from baking dish.  Top pears with panko mixture and return to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes.

  • In a small bowl whisk together the ricotta and honey.

  • Remove pears from oven and serve with a dollop of honey whipped ricotta cheese

LISA SAYS

Pears are a high fiber fruit providing about 4 grams per pear.  Baking them brings out the natural sweetness. The crumb topping provides a cinnamon crunch so this recipe tastes like a fruit cobbler without all the fat and sugar.