Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Roasted Pears with Amaretti and Amaretto

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 tablespoons amaretto or other almond-flavored liqueur

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

4 firm-ripe Bartlett pears, halved lengthwise and cored

1/3 cup water

4 amaretti cookies (Italian almond macaroons; 1/2 inch in diameter), crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Mix amaretto and vinegar in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Put pears, cut sides down, in dish.
  3. Roast pears 15 minutes. Add water and roast until pears are tender but still hold their shape, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  4. Arrange pears, cut sides up, on a platter and spoon pan juices over them. Sprinkle with half of cookie crumbs, then baste with pan juices. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs and serve warm or at room temperature.