Baked Pears with Ricotta, Toasted Pine Nuts & Honey

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No butter, sugar or flour in this deliciously nutritious dessert!

Servings: 4

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients: 2 ripe Bosc pears cored and halved, 6 0z. part-skim ricotta cheese, 4 tbsp. pine nuts, 1 tbsp. honey, additional honey for drizzling, one small lemon wedge, cinnamon, nutmeg, cooking spray, salt and pepper to taste.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray bottom of a baking dish with cooking spray. Gently rub lemon on cut sides of pears. Place pears in dish cut side up. Bake until golden brown and tender throughout, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven.

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Step 2: In an unheated pan lightly coated with cooking spray, add pine nuts. Add a low flame. Toast nuts to golden brown, stirring often to release oils for approx. 1 minute.  They can burn quickly so stay close by. Remove from pan and set aside.

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Step 3: Gently fold 1 tbsp. honey, 2 dashes each of cinnamon, salt and pepper (or to taste) into ricotta.

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Step 4: Spoon ricotta mixture atop cored part of pear halves. Place pears in oven for 5-7 minutes or until ricotta warms. Remove from oven. Set on a serving dish.

Step 5: Sprinkle additional cinnamon on pears. Add nutmeg using a light hand here. Drizzle with honey. Top with toasted pine nuts. I added pomegranate seeds to mine because they were complementary to the dish and I had them on hand.

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