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Marjoram-scented pears fine for spring

April 5, 2006

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For a delicious, springtime dessert, try these Marjoram-Scented Pears:

4 firm ripe pears

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves

Gorgonzola cheese, room temperature

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel, halve and core pears. Arrange pear halves in an 11-by-7-by-2-inch baking dish.

Heat honey, butter, water and marjoram in a small saucepan on medium heat until mixture boils, stirring occasionally. Pour over pears, turning pears to coat.

Bake 25 minutes, turning pears and basting every 10 minutes, until pears are tender and honey begins to caramelize. Transfer pears, cut side up, to a serving platter or 8 dessert plates. Spoon remaining honey mixture over pears. Serve warm or at room temperature. Spoon cheese into center of each pear just before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

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