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

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.