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Crunchy Pears

 Crunchy Pears
Crisp-tender baked pears dressed in a cookie crumb and almond coating provide an elegant ending to a special meal. "My family says I serve this whenever a creative mood strikes," notes Nancy Sparrow of Baltimore, Maryland.
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.


  • 8 large firm pears
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/3 cup crushed reduced-fat vanilla wafers (about 10 wafers)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free reduced-sugar orange or plain yogurt


  • Core pears from bottom, leaving steams intact. Peel pears, leaving a
  • small amount of peel at stem end. Cut 1/4 in. from bottom to level
  • if necessary. In a bowl, combine orange juice and marmalade; spoon
  • over pears, letting excess drip into bowl. Set aside for sauce.
  • Place wafer crumbs and almonds in a large shallow dish. Roll pears
  • in crumb mixture to coat the bottom three-fourths of each pear.
  • Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake
  • at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, for sauce,
  • combine yogurt and reserved marmalade mixture; refrigerate until
  • serving. Serve with warm pears. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 pear with 1/4 cup sauce) equals 231 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit, 1 starch, 1 fat.