Pears are fall fruits.They are also an excellent source of natural dietary fibre.At the same time they have no calories and is found to sustain blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart diseases and certain cancers,thus making it a part of healthy diet.I love pears as such and use different varieties available in US,but here I have roasted them and have stuffed them with sweet couscous for a warm filling dessert. (Idea Source: USAPears.org).I have earlier stuffed mushroom with savoury couscous,but I also enjoy this sweet version.
Pears: atleast 2
Melted Butter: 1 -2 tbsp
Couscous: 2-3 tbsp
Dried Cranberries(craisin)/raisins/dried fruits/apricots :handful
Nuts(your choice): handful
Sugar: as per taste
Peel and halve the pears.Using knife/fork/weapon of choice,remove the seeds.Then using a spoon,carefully create a deep cavity/hole inside each pear half.Else,we are creating a pear boat.Apply melted butter on both sides of a pear boat and keep it in a baking sheet.Do so with all pear boats and then roast these under the broiler for 6 -8 minutes each side.Keep aside.
While the pear boats are roasting,we can prepare the sweet couscous.In a small saucepan,mix water and sugar together and bring to boil.Simmer and add raisins/craisins and your choice of nuts.I used craisins and walnuts.It would be better if the nuts were toasted.Add couscous,mix well and then switch off.Cover and keep aside for five minutes till couscous gets cooked.Use water depending on the amount of couscous.If ther is more water than couscous,it will be like couscous pudding or something.
Take a pear boat and stuff the cavity,with spoonfuls of sweet couscous and garnish with more dried fruits and nuts and serve warm.
Fresh Produce of the month:Pears, to Martha-a lovely Italian in the US.
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