An impressive dessert that's light enough to follow any meal and pretty enough for any occasion.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Mix 1/3 cup brown sugar with water and lemon juice together in an ungreased baking dish until sugar is dissolved. Arrange pear halves, core side down, in the dish, and baste with the sauce. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • Bake pears in the preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until fork-tender but not mushy.

  • Meanwhile, mix nuts together with the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy, and the yogurt; set aside. In a separate bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle in white sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons of brandy, or liqueur of choice, and gently whip a few strokes more.

  • To serve, place one pear half in the center of each serving plate and fill core cavity with nut stuffing. Top with whipped cream. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

307.8 calories; 2.2 g protein; 32.8 g carbohydrates; 54.5 mg cholesterol; 22 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2006
Yummy. However one ground-up stick of cinnamon in that water-brown-sugar-lemon mix makes it even more unholy. I also served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and ignored the whipped cream concept. I love desserts with both hot and cold textures. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 7
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2006
Yummy. However one ground-up stick of cinnamon in that water-brown-sugar-lemon mix makes it even more unholy. I also served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and ignored the whipped cream concept. I love desserts with both hot and cold textures. Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2006
Wow. Really nice! I tried both green and red pears (don't know their proper names). The green were a bit better---softer skin I think. My teenaged boys gobbled them right up! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2011
I made this pretty much as written except for using vanilla yogurt. Also after baking for 25 min. I turned the pears and filled the core with the nut stuffing and baked for additional 5 minutes or so. The next time I am going to cut down on the sugar to 1 T. in the topping as it was a little too sweet for our taste. But otherwise it was a good recipe and so easy to prepare. Has a nice presentation topped with the whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Thanks Dakota! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2014
Excellent! I did add a pinch of cinnamon to the sauce and bake them for 20 minutes then turn over and put the filling in and bake another 5 minutes per others suggestion. Served with plain whipped cream. Delicious! Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2011
I served this as an alternative dessert for some vegetarian guests and it was so good I will absolutely use it again. Very easy to prepare and very attractive! The only thing I would change to not to put the brandy in the whipped cream to me it's a little too much. I will use a dash of vanilla in the cream next time. The pears are delicately flavored and the brandy sauce is enough to compliment them without overpowering them. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2020
This was a hit! Very tasty light dessert. I added a splash of brandy and a few dots of butter to the baking liquid and basted it a couple of times throughout the baking process to get more of the flavorings into the pears. I think next time I would do what some others did and turn the pears right side up in the baking dish add the nut mixture and bake again for five minutes. I also sprinkled a little cinnamon sugar on top of the whipped cream before serving. But all in all a great dessert! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2012
Sooo delicious and light!! I followed the recipe as stated except I followed GotRecipe?'s suggestion of baking 25 mins then adding walnut mixture and baking another 5... I also didn't make the whipped cream but substituted in vanilla ice cream instead... YUM! Next time I will try the whipped cream just to see what it tastes like... great recipe though! I polished off 2 in one setting and my roommate had one and she really liked it!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2016
This was easy and good not too heavy after a big dinner. We loved it. I tried to follow the recipe exactly but turns out we didn't have the yogurt and I substituted sour cream which was fine. I also used pecans instead of walnuts because I had them already. I did not add anything extra to the whipped cream. Really nice dessert! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/25/2017
I baked for the recommended time and thought it needed at least five more minutes. I added cinnamon to both sauces but overall the taste was wonderful. Vanilla ice cream works just fine. Would make again. Read More