Poached Pears with Ricotta, Walnuts and Balsamic Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large, ripe Comice or Bosc pears, halved, peeled and cored
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of 25-Year Balsamic Vinegar Buy now

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To make syrup, combine sugar and 1 cup water in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to boil. Place pears in shallow ovenproof dish, and pour syrup over them. Cover with foil, and bake until tender, about 20 – 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool until just warm.

Place 2 pear halves on each of four plates with a dollop of fresh ricotta and a sprinkle of walnuts. Spoon any syrup remaining in pan over and around the pears. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over each portion, and serve.