Baked Pears with Brown Sugar and Greek Yogurt

For dessert, Michelle shared a Baked Pears with Brown Sugar and Greek Yogurt in the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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From: http://www.aperfectpear.com/health-benefits-of-pears.html

Pears provide a very good source of fiber and are also a source of Vitamin B2, C, E, copper, and potassium. they also contain a significant amount of pectin, which is a water soluble fiber.

Pears are actually higher in pectin than apples. This makes them effective in helping to lower cholesterol levels and in toning the intestines. They are often recommended by health care practitioners as a hypoallergenic fruit that is higher in fiber. They are less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits.

Pears are often recommended as a safe fruit to introduce to infants. Pears are an extraordinary source of dietary fiber when the skin is eaten along with the flesh.

Pears are also an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, both powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 firm Bosc pears, peeled (optional), halved, cored (about 1 pound)
  • Greek yogurt, for serving

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Source: from Foodnetwork.com

When buying Greek yogurt, look for those with higher protein and Calcium content.

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Instructions

IMG_1987Preheat oven to 400F.

Arrange the pears cut side up in an 8-inch square glass baking dish.

IMG_1988Whisk the apple juice and sugar in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.

Whisk in butter.

Pour sauce over the pears.

Bake until the pears are crisp-tender and beginning to brown, about 35 minutes.

IMG_1998Baste occasionally with the juices.
IMG_2000Alternatively, you can turn over the pears half way through.

Spoon the pears onto plates.

Top with Greek yogurt. Drizzle with any juices and serve.

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