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Easy Winter Treat: Pears With Cherries and Chocolate Sauce

Winter isn't the most bountiful time for produce, but the season does bring deliciously fresh pears, which I add to everything from salads to cocktails. In fact, baked pears are one of my favorite desserts to make for a casual dinner party. They're insanely easy and relatively healthy. Plus, pear desserts look and taste sophisticated, so guests are always impressed.

To whip up a pear dessert with local produce, why not try this version with dried cherries and a simple chocolate sauce? It's just a little bit decadent and requires a minimal amount of effort. To get the recipe,

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Pears and Dried Cherries With Chocolate Sauce
From Everyday Food

Note: With its sharp-edged bowls, a melon baller is a good tool to have when you're preparing pears. If you don't have one, use a teaspoon.

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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 (about 1 1/2 pounds total) firm, ripe Bartlett pears
1/2 cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup heavy cream

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel pears with a vegetable peeler. Halve lengthwise, leaving the stems intact. Using a melon baller, scoop out seeds. With a paring knife, remove thin fibrous core that runs from stem to bottom.
  2. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, place pears (cut side down), cherries, and 1/4 cup water; cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake until pears are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make chocolate sauce: In a small saucepan, combine corn syrup and chocolate. Stir over low heat until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in cream until smooth.
  4. To serve, divide pears and cherries among serving plates; drizzle with warm chocolate sauce.

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fashiongrrrl fashiongrrrl 8 years
this sounds super duper cheesy, but looking at that picture of the recipe literally makes my mouth water, even in the summer!
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
OK...as soon as I'm off my diet this is #1 on my list!!!!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
I don't like cherries but I love the idea of pears and chocolate
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i love when people do things with pears - they are soo good
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Yum!
vanilize vanilize 9 years
That looks so good to eat. I want some right now. I need to buy a pear.
lily_xx lily_xx 9 years
What a yummy winter treat. I'll be trying this recipe!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Yum, YUM!!!!
emalove emalove 9 years
This is different...I bet it's really good!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
that sounds amazing!
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