A blend of sweetened cocoa powder and ricotta make a sumptuous filling in these elegant Chocolate Ricotta-Filled Pears for four.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 4 servings
3/4 cup POLLY-O Natural Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. orange zest
2 large pear s, peeled, halved and cored
2 Tbsp. orange juice
2 Tbsp. PLANTERS Slivered Almonds, toasted
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Let's Make It
Beat first 4 ingredients in medium bowl with mixer until blended. Stir in morsels and zest.
Cut small piece from round side of each pear half so pear lies flat. Brush outside of pears with juice. Place each pear half on serving plate.
Spoon ricotta mixture evenly onto tops of pears. Sprinkle with nuts.
Best Pears for Salads
The best varieties of pears for salads are Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc and Comice. Make sure the pears are perfectly ripe to ensure a sweet flavor and juicy texture.
How to Ripen Pears
Pears do not ripen well on the tree, so they are picked when mature, but not yet ripe. To ripen fresh pears at home, place them in a paper bag, fold over the top and store at room temperature for 1 to 3 days. To test for ripeness, apply gentle thumb pressure at the base of the stem. If the fruit yields slightly, the pear is ripe. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Look for pears with a fragrant aroma and coloring characteristic of their variety. Skins should be free from cuts and bruises. A ripe pear is one that feels slightly firm, but gives a bit to gentle pressure at the stem end.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fibers 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.