I think that my palate has definitely matured as I’ve grown older. Or maybe I’m just more willing to try things than I was as a child. There are a few things I did not like when I was growing up – sweet potatoes, oatmeal, pears… Ok, I’m still working on the oatmeal one – I like it ok, but I don’t love it – but the others I have truly grown to love. If you are a regular reader, you’ll know that I love sweet potatoes. I cook with them often. And I am really learning to love pears as well.
This recipe isn’t one that I would have necessarily jumped right up to make, but for some reason, I kept turning back to it. Maybe it’s because I really wanted to make something from the fruit chapter of this book, and most of the fruits weren’t in season. But I am so glad that I made this recipe, because it was so delicious. And so easy. This is that perfect dessert for when you are craving something sweet, but don’t want to really go to a lot of trouble or go overboard on the calories. I served mine with ice cream, (which of course adds to the calorie count!), but it was a perfect companion.
Is there something you didn’t like growing up that you like now?
Honey-Glazed Roasted Pears
from Desserts 4 Today
2 ripe pears (not Asian)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Arrange an oven rack about 5 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Cut the pears in half lengthwise and scoop out the core and seeds. Arrange the pear halves, cut side up, on the prepared baking sheet.
In a small ramekin, stir the honey, lemon zest, and vanilla. Spoon evenly into each pear half.
Broil the pears, rotating the pan once, until bubbling and caramelized, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.
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