Golden Pear and Almond Gratin

  • Yield 6 servings

This elegant dessert is perfect for special occasions or holiday dinners.


1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and divided
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 pounds ripe pears, peeled, halved, cored and cut


  1. In saucepan, combine honey, wine, lemon and orange juices. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking to dissolve honey. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, chop 1/4 cup almonds. In small bowl, stir together chopped almonds, lemon peel, orange peel and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
  3. In greased 10-inch gratin dish or pie plate, layer half of pear slices; sprinkle with chopped almond mixture. Top with remaining pear slices and remaining 1/4 cup sliced almonds. Pour honey mixture over pears.
  4. Bake at 400F for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve warm or chilled.