Cranberry-kissed pears were a Christmas Eve tradition in my family that had to be discontinued when there were so many grandchildren that the pears wouldn’t fit in the oven! The aroma of the baking pears takes me back to Christmases of long ago… I still make them (not often enough, according to Sam) and we both declare they are every bit as good as a slice of pie – but without all the fuss, mess, and extra calories.
|Test for doneness with the tip of a knife. Pears should be barely tender.|
Cover with foil until cool enough to serve. Serve cut side up with a mini scoop of Haagen Daz (or other premium quality) vanilla ice cream in center of each pear. Drizzle juice on top.
|It’s only a tiny scoop, so make it the best ice cream you can find. Be sure to drizzle each serving with some of the warm, spiced pan juices. Mmmmm….|
Yield: 4 – 8 servings, depending on whether you serve 1 or 2 pear halves per person.