Baked Pears, Serves 10 – Do not bake ahead, best if served warm from the oven.
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground mace
1/8 tsp. ground gloves
5 firm-ripe pears
¼ cup butter or margarine
¾ cup orange juice
2 cups vanilla-flavor nonfat yogurt
freshly grated nutmeg
In a 9×13 inch casserole, mix sugar, cinnamon, mace and cloves and spread evenly.
Rinse pears, cut in half lengthwise, core and stem. Lay pears cut side down in a single layer on sugar mixture. Dot with butter and pour orange juice evenly over fruit.
Bake in a 350° F oven until sauce is bubbling and pears are hot, about 20 minutes.
Transfer pears to shallow bowls and spoon sauce over them. Top each portion with a dollop of yogurt and dusting of nutmeg.