This easy dessert gets a double shot of almond flavor: Sweet, fragrant pears are tossed with amaretto and topped with crunchy amaretti (Italian almond-flavored cookies) crumbs. This dish is very juicy, so we suggest serving it with ice cream.
4 firm Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges (about 2 pounds)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)
1 1/2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup amaretti cookie crumbs (about 16 cookies)
1 1/2 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine pears and juice in a large bowl; spoon into a 1-quart baking dish.
Combine the apricot preserves and liqueur in a small bowl; spoon evenly over pears. Sprinkle butter over pear mixture, and top with 1 cup amaretti cookie crumbs. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon pear mixture evenly into 6 bowls, and top each serving with 1/4 cup ice cream.
Great dessert! I made it last night...again! It is one of my favorite ways to fix pears in a dessert. I crumbled up several homemade oatmeal cookies that had seen better days and substituted those for the amaretti. It worked well! I definitely recommend this.
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