I have to admit, I have never loved pears. NEVER! They would have been the last fruit that I chose to eat when I was younger.
I have now learnt to love pears. LOVE!
Not the way that nature intended for us to love them, but a love all the same.
My way is a little more indulgent and involves red wine (think poached pears) or flake chocolate (think sprinkles of flake chocolate over ricotta filled baked pears)....YES this is the recipe that I am going to share.
This recipe is quick to prepare and is a delicious way to get the family to eat a piece of fruit.
Ingredients (serves 4-8)
4 large firm pears, halved
1 cup of of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (this is a lot so you can always reduce this quantity to taste)
Serving options - honey, grated dark chocolate, Cadbury flake chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180° and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Scoop out the seeds of the pears, leaving a small hole that can be stuffed with the ricotta mixture.
Combine the ricotta, walnuts and cinnamon.
Spoon the ricotta mixture into the pear hollows.
Place on the baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the pears are tender.
You can serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. If you want to be more indulgent and use this as a dessert, grate dark chocolate or sprinkle flake chocolate over the pear and serve on its own or with a scoop of ice-cream.
I will leave that one up to you!