spiced baked pears
Preparation time 10 minutes, Cooking time 35–40 minutes
4 pears, peeled, halved and cored
125 ml (4 fl oz) apple juice
75 ml (3 fl oz) maple syrup
1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthways
grated rind of 1 lemon
grated rind of 1 orange
5 cardamom pods, bruised
3 star anise
2 tablespoons toasted flaked almonds, to decorate
2 tablespoons fat-free Greek yogurt, to serve
Place the pears, cut side up, in an ovenproof dish. Pour over the apple juice and maple syrup, then scrape over the seeds from the vanilla pod. Sprinkle with the grated citrus rind and spices. Cover with foil.
Bake in a preheated oven, 200°C (400°F), Gas Mark 6, for 20 minutes, then turn the pears over and cook, covered, for a further 15–20 minutes until tender.
Spoon the pears into 4 serving bowls, pour over the juices and sprinkle with the almonds. Serve with dollops of the yogurt.
For cinnamon porridge with grated pears, place 125 g (4 oz) gluten-free porridge oats and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon in a pan with 600 ml (1 pint) semi-skimmed milk and cook over a medium heat for 5–6 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy. Pour into 4 bowls and grate over 4 pears. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Calories per serving 279
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