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Almond Butter-Stuffed Pears

 Almond Butter-Stuffed Pears
A formal dinner calls for an elegant dessert like these stuffed pears. A mild nutty filling pairs well with the tender, sweet fruit.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
12 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unblanched whole almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups pear juice
  • 3 cups sweet white wine, divided
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 12 medium pears

Directions

  • Combine almonds and salt in a food processor. Cover and process until
  • almonds are finely chopped. Add oil; cover and process until
  • blended. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine pear juice, 1 cup wine, brown sugar and
  • vanilla bean. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat; remove vanilla
  • bean. With a sharp knife, scrape bean to remove the seeds; stir into
  • sauce. Discard bean. Return to a boil; cook, uncovered, over medium
  • heat for 50-55 minutes or until mixture coats the back of a metal
  • spoon.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. Slice 1 in. off the top of each
  • pear and set aside. Core pears, leaving bottoms intact. Fill with
  • reserved almond mixture. Place pears in a shallow roasting pan;
  • replace tops. Add remaining wine. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or
  • until pears are tender, basting occasionally. Serve with sauce.

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Almond Butter-Stuffed Pears (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 stuffed pear equals 309 calories, 15 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 62 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 6 g protein.