Friday, October 14, 2011

Roasted Pears with Balsamic Glaze

Sorry for the lack of picture with this one! As I'd mentioned in my Sunday Dinners post, these were just fun get-togethers with friends, so we weren't all that strict with taking photos of all our food, or even remembering which recipes we used!

Fortunately for you (and us, so we can re-create it!), I did jot down the recipe we used for this delicious dessert. It's actually pretty simple to make, and fairly healthy as far as desserts go! And it should be, seeing as we got the recipe from a Weight Watchers cookbook! In any case, it's a nice, light dessert for when you want something sweet and slightly rich after a meal :)

Roasted Pears with Balsamic Glaze
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons lemon juice
4 ripe pears, halved and cored
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 (1/2-oz) slices soft (mild) goat cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. Stir together the butter and lemon juice in a small bowl.

3. Place the pears, cut side up, on a large baking sheet. Brush the cut side of the pear halves with the butter mixture. Roast until softened when pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan and cook over low heat, whisking until dissolved. Increase the heat to high and boil until thickened, about 30 seconds.

5. Arrange two pear halves on each of four plates and place a slice of goat cheese next to each pear. With a teaspoon, drizzle the balsamic glaze over the pears. Serve warm.

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