- 6 medium ripe pears
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Cut a 3/4-in. slice off the top of each pear, reserving tops. Core pears, leaving bottoms intact. Cut 1/8-in. slice from bottoms to level if necessary. Drizzle insides of each pear with 1 teaspoon of honey. Combine five-spice powder and cinnamon; sprinkle inside pears. Replace pear tops.
- Arrange pears upright in a shallow 2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Microwave, uncovered, for 4-7 minutes or until pears are tender, turning every 2 minutes. Serve warm with juices spooned over pears. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Spiced Honey Pears in Light & Tasty February/March 2005, p20
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