Baked Pears with Marzipan

prep 10 mins cook 25–30 mins
  • 4 pears, peeled, keeping the pears whole
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 50 g (2 oz) marzipan, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sultanas
  • 4 tablespoons apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey
  • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds, toasted

Core the pears from the bases, leaving the stalks in place, and coat with the lemon juice. Mix together the marzipan and sultanas in a bowl, then spoon the mixture into the cored cavity of the pears. Stand the stuffed pears in a small ovenproof dish.

Spoon over the apple juice, then drizzle over the honey and place in a preheated oven, 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4, for 25–30 minutes until tender.

Remove from the oven and scatter over the almonds. Serve with whipped cream or custard.

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