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Baked Pears and Crème Fraîche



– 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (optional) – 1 teaspoon vanilla – 1 teaspoon apple pie spice – 1 cup water – 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar – 3 whole medium bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved – 3 tablespoons Real California Crème Fraîche
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1. Place pear halves, cut side down, on cutting board. Starting about 1/2-inch from stem end, make 7 lengthwise cuts in each half, cutting to the bottom. Arrange pear halves, cut side down, in 11 x 7-inch baking dish.

2. In small saucepan, combine next four ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Pour sugar mixture over pears.

3. Bake covered, in preheated 350°F oven, until pears are tender (40-45 minutes). Baste pears with sauce.

4. To serve: Stir Real California Crème Fraîche; spread two tablespoons onto one half of each dessert plate; spoon one tablespoon sauce from pears on the other side. With slotted spoon, place pear half in center of each plate; garnish with almonds, if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe provided by California Milk Advisory Board, courtesy of Bellwether Farms