Spicy Baked Pears with Yogurt

Notes: Arlene Moorehead serves warm baked pears to start breakfast. If making up to 1 day ahead, complete through step 2, then cover and chill; uncover to continue.

Prep and cook time: About 35 minutes


Makes 10 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 210
Caloriesfromfat 23 %
Protein 3.1 g
Fat 5.3 g
Satfat 3 g
Carbohydrate 40 g
Fiber 3.2 g
Sodium 85 mg
Cholesterol 14 mg


1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
5 firm-ripe pears (each 10 oz.)
1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter or margarine
3/4 cup orange juice
2 cups vanilla-flavor nonfat yogurt
Fresh-grated nutmeg


1. In a 9- by 13-inch casserole, mix sugar, cinnamon, mace, and cloves and spread evenly.

2. Rinse pears, cut in half lengthwise, core, and stem. Lay pears, cut side down, in a single layer on sugar mixture. Dot with butter and pour orange juice evenly over fruit.

3. Bake in a 350° oven until sauce is bubbling and pears are hot, about 20 minutes.

4. Transfer pears to shallow bowls and spoon sauce over them. Top each portion with a dollop of yogurt and a dusting of nutmeg.

Arlene Moorehead,

Joshua Grindle Inn, Mendocino, CA,


February 2000
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