TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 119 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Spiced Honey Pears in Light & Tasty February/March 2005, p20

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