From, "Dining by Design...Stylish Recipes - Savory Settings," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.


  • 6 medium pears

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Peel and core the pears, leaving the stems intact.  Combine the lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of the water in a bowl.  Dip the pears in the bowl.  Combine the wine, sugar, apricots, orange peel, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup water in a deep 2-1/2-quart baking dish.  Arrange the pears, stem end up, in the dish.

Bake, covered, for 1 hour or until tender, adding more water if necessary.  Let cool in the cooking liquid.  Remove to individual dessert dishes, using a slotted spoon.  Discard the cinnamon.

Pour the cooking liquid into a blender jar or food processor bowl.  Process until smooth and thick.  Spoon over the pears; top with the almonds.


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