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Maple Baked Pears
Maple Baked Pears
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

You need a quick sweet fix but don’t want to dive headfirst into a cake or eat a whole bowl of candy. Ta-da: Maple baked pears to the rescue. They’re easy and elegant, and they can be whipped up in just 30 minutes. Best of all, they’re practically healthy (but really don’t taste like it).

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6 servings

Pears

4 pears, halved

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Topping

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ cup rolled oats

¼ cup sliced almonds

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon heavy cream

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

Whipped cream, for finishing

1. Make the Pears: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Use a melon baller or a spoon to scoop the seeds out from the center of each pear half. Transfer the pears to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon.

3. Generously brush the pears all over with the maple syrup mixture. Turn the pears so the cut sides are facing down.

4. Bake until the pears are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Make the Topping: While the pears bake, melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add the oats and almonds, and stir until they smell slightly toasty, about 3 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup and heavy cream, and cook until the mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon and salt. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

6. Serve the pears warm, topped with whipped cream and the crumble topping.

Pears

175 calories

4g fat

37g carbs

1g protein

28g sugars

Topping

108 calories

7g fat

10g carbs

2g protein

4g sugars

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Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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