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Hazelnut Stuffed Pears

Hazelnut Stuffed Pears
YIELDS
4 servings
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Ingredients

1
cup sugar
½
cup maple syrup
1 ½
cup water
2
cinnamon sticks
3
Tbsp hazelnut liqueur or brandy
1 ½
cup hazelnuts, lightly toasted and peeled
4
ripe pears
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Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare syrup by simmering sugar, maple syrup, water and cinnamon sticks for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in hazelnut liqueur. Add hazelnuts and let soak for 3 minutes (just to absorb a little sweetness). Strain off liquid and pour it into an 8-inch square baking dish. Roughly chop soaked hazelnuts and spread on a parchment lined baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes, until golden brown.

Step 2

While hazelnuts are toasting prepare pears. Peel pears halfway down and scoop out core from the bottom, using a melon ball scoop. Using ¾ cup of chopped hazelnuts, fill each pear. Place pears in syrup. Roast pears for 20 minutes, until they are soft when pierced with a tester.

Step 3

To serve, place pear on a plate, drizzle syrup over and sprinkle generously with hazelnuts.

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