Poached Pears with Fruit StuffingIngredients:
1 Large winter pear per serving, pared and cored
2 Tbsp dried fruits per serving, as desired
1 tsp chopped nuts per serving, as desired
A Tbsp tart jam or jelly for each pear
Garnish, as desired

Directions:
1. Peel large winter pears, then core from the top, leaving the bottom in tact. Remove the steam and core, creating a hole that will hold about 2 tablespoons of your misxture
2. Combine a mixture of seeded dried fruits such as; dates, raisins, cranberries, apricots, cherries, etc. with chopped nuts
3. Add enough tart jam or jelly to hold it all together
4. Stuff the pears and place in a baking dish; cover the bottom of dish with 1/8″ water and bake at 325 degrees F, for about 30 minutes, or until fork tender

Lea measures flourI have used a number of varieties for this treat and they always come out delicious. I use a variety such as, walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews or macadamias. They make a very attractive dish when served slightly opened, with a little of the pan juices spooned over them. I like to add a little garnish at the top just for the contrasting color.