4 medium-ripe pears (Bartlett or Comice), peeled, halved and cored
1/2 cup whole natural almonds
How to Make It
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients except pears in shallow glass or ceramic baking dish large enough to fit pear halves in a single layer. Place pears in dish, cut sides down. Bake 15 to 25 minutes until pears are just tender. Meanwhile, prepare Almond Filling.
Ingredients for almond filling: 1/2 cup whole natural almonds 3 Tbs. sugar 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon peel 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom 1/8 tsp. salt 1/2 egg white (about 1 1/2 Tbs.)
Vanilla ice cream In bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade combine all ingredients except ice cream. Process until almonds are very finely chopped.