Caramelized Pears with Dark Chocolate Sauce

From AZ Daily Star/Kathryn Moore & Roxanne Wyss
Submitted by Marcia

Serves 6

Ingredients:

3 firm but ripe pears, not peeled
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup fat-free half & half
1 (3.5 ounce) bar dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup frozen fat-free or low-fat vanilla yogurt

Directions:

  1. Cut pears in half vertically. Gently cut or scrape out core. Dip cut edges in lemon juice. Sprinkle about 1/2 tablespoon sugar over the cut edges of each pear half.
  2. Place each pear, cut-side down, in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar in skillet around pears. Cook 7 to 9 minutes or until sugar is melted and golden, and cut surface of pears is golden. Remove pears from skillet.
  3. Meanwhile, heat half & half in a 2-cup glass measuring cut in microwave oven on high (100 percent power) 45 to 60 seconds or until steaming hot but not boiling. (Watch carefully so it does not boil.) Immediately add chocolate to hot half & half.
  4. Allow to stand 3 to 5 minutes or until chocolate melts. Stir to blend and melt chocolate. (If necessary, return to microwave oven and heat on high power in 15-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted.) Stir in vanilla.
  5. Place a small scoop of frozen yogurt in each dessert bowl.
  6. Place pear halves on yogurt. Drizzle any collected caramelized sugar over pears. Drizzle with dark chocolate sauce. Serve immediately

Note: Marcia used real ice cream when she made it for Bunco, and she used Memere’s chocolate sauce.

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One Response to “Caramelized Pears with Dark Chocolate Sauce”

  1. Marcia Says:

    Levi made this for himself and Judy, but he used the same ganache that he used on his croissants at the shower for the chocolate topping. Bet it was delicious that way!

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