Baked Butterscotch Pears

I came up with this irresistible dessert when we (just happened) to have the key ingredients on hand. It combines two family favorites: butterscotch pears and dried figs. The pears are first cored, then stuffed to the brim with a spiced mixture of butter, brown sugar, chopped fruit and crystallized ginger. A treat as beautiful as it is delicious. Certain to get WOWS.

Serves 4.

SODIUM CONTENT: 6.3 mg per serving


4 large Butterscotch Pears, washed and cored
4 T. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 bosc pear, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 c. dried black mission figs, chopped
1/2 T. chopped crystallized ginger
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/8 t. ground cloves
4 whole dried black mission figs, for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pears in a square oven-safe baking dish and set aside.

Measure remaining ingredients (EXCEPT WHOLE FIGS) into a mixing bowl. Mix well until combined. Stuff mixture into the core of the four pears, really packing it in. Place baking dish on middle rack in oven and bake 1 to 2 hours, until tender to taste. Remove from oven. Drop a whole fig into the top of each pear and serve, garnished with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

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