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When the chill autumn air sets in, fresh ripe pears roasted to perfection have to be one of the season’s best treats. What’s extra nice is that these pears can be prepared a day or two ahead: Warmed up at the last minute, they’re just as splendid.
You can make them plain and simple with butter, honey, and pear juice, or add sweet spices and (surprise!) balsamic vinegar for a sophisticated, sweet-tart flavor. Fruit connoisseurs will insist on eating them unadorned, but adding a dollop of fresh whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream can be mighty fine, too. The stove-top time takes 10 minutes; baking time takes 30 to 40 minutes.
*We like After the Fall brand. If you can’t find pear juice, pear nectar will work fine.
There are good organic nectars that contain only pear puree, apple juice, and
** For a vegan, non-dairy version, try Agave syrup instead of honey, and a vegan margarine instead of butter.
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