Thursday, February 28, 2013

Caramelized Pears with Walnuts, Honey and Yogurt

When you have more than enough fruits at home, what do you do usually do with them? I usually give them a quick stir in a skillet with honey and then enjoy every bit of them with a sprinkle of crumbled walnuts and ground cinnamon. Mind-blowing! We had caramelized pears to the accompaniment of some low-fat yogurt this time. Once you try it and see how quick it is to get such an amazing dessert in such a short time, you become an addict of fresh fruit desserts. What makes them so appealing is that they are both low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals. If you are one of those who crave something sweet late at night, this type of desserts might be the right choice and solution for you. You can serve them with whatever you have on hand such as hazelnuts, raisins, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, ice-cream, and even cereals. 

2 pears, sliced thinly, discard core
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup crushed walnuts 
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
honey, for drizzling over top 

    1. Preheat skillet over medium-low heat.
    2. Add butter and melt.
    3. Stir in sugars (and optional cinnamon) to incorporate. Once mixture begins to bubble, slowly and carefully add water and stir together.
    4. Add pears. Use wood spoon and fork to flip and coat evenly.
    5. Allow mixture to thicken flipping pears.  Let pears cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.The pears will soften at different times depending on their ripeness. The edges of the pears will brown a bit and appear slightly translucent when done.
    6. Remove from heat and leave in skillet while prepping plates.
    7. Place a dollop of yogurt in a bowl and place the slices of pear on the yogurt. 
    8. Top with a few walnuts and drizzle with honey.

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