Jefferson Adams is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. He has covered Health News for http://Examiner.com, and provided health and medical content for http://Sharecare.com. His work has appeared in Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, CALIBAN, Hayden's Ferry Review, Huffington Post, the Mississippi Review, and Slate, among others.
There’s something inherently elegant about cooking fruit; it’s always a crowd-pleaser. This dessert is perfect for entertaining with because you can make the yogurt topping ahead of time. The yogurt itself goes great with other fruit or as a finisher for waffles. It’s also fun to have guests make their own sundae-style serving by offering raisins or fresh raspberries alongside the nuts.
6 medium pears, peeled and halved
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup plain yogurt
¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped (optional)
Combine yogurt with about ½ the honey and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Chill for at least an hour.
Slice each pear half into 4 slices and add to a heated pan of melted butter. Add remaining honey and cloves. Stir until pears are well-coated and tender, about 8-10 minutes.
To serve, spoon pears into a small bowl and top with a dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle with nuts if using.