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Asian Pears in Parchment

Asian pears are uniquely fabulous. Crisp, crunchy and so pleasant on the tongue, they literally make your mouth tingle with joy. In this vegan dessert recipe, they are scented with anise and lightly sweetened, resulting in a sweet treat that will satisfy without landing on your hips!

Ingredients
1 fresh lemon
2 Asian pears
4 whole star anise
1/3 cup Suzanne's Specialties brown rice syrup
1/2 cup dry white wine

Directions 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut 4 pieces of parchment into 12-inch squares. Juice the lemon into a small bowl. Halve the pears horizontally and dip the cut sides of each pear into the lemon juice to prevent browning. Using a melon baller or spoon, remove the core from each pear half. 

Place one star anise in the cored center of each pear half. Drizzle with rice syrup. Lay each pear half on a sheet of parchment. Working with one piece at a time, hold the pear, in parchment, in the bowl of your hand, gathering the parchment around the pear. Drizzle generously with wine. Wrap the pear half by twisting the edges of the paper tightly around the top side of the fruit. Lay in a rimmed baking dish and repeat with remaining fruit. 

Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Transfer fruit to shallow bowls, in parchment, to be opened at table.

Makes 4 servings. 

Note: This dessert is excellent with a scoop of vegan vanilla 'ice cream'. 


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