Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blueberry Baked Pears with Spiced Nuts

Look at these crazy cool baked pears. They are purple or is that blue? I think it's that purple-eee color like wine (someone please tell me the technical name here...), like half the fall decorations out there. Cussing Granny loves blueberries. Have I ever mentioned that before? Well she does. Before she was diabetic, we could always count on a blueberry pie being at her house. Ace would go over with a spoon and devour most of the pie by himself. He looked like a heart attack victim with those purple lips... Granny didn't like that. See those dentures smacking together right now? On a scary note...Little Man saw Mr. Putt Putt for the first time without his dentures yesterday. I don't know if he'll ever recover. However, it has come to my personal attention that sweet little oldsters need soft food. They also pretty much have a set of things they really want to eat. Liver and onions, Ruben sandwiches...prunes. Yes I's just part of the era they grew up in. Along with the diabetic needs as formerly discussed in the entry on Baked Spiced Peaches with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce... they did okay with the few nuts. Don't we all do okay as long as someone is a little nuts? At any rate, we have another baked fruit favorite.

spiced nuts:
1 cup Walnuts, Pecans or Almonds (I used almonds and Walnuts)
1/2 tsp rum extract
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter
1/2 tsp sugar or Splenda
melt all together in a heavy skillet until the butter is melted and the nuts are coated. Remove from the heat. Toss into the pan:
1 T sugar or Splenda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
Allow to cool.

In an oven safe baking dish, lightly coated with oil, put 3 pears, peeled and cored. Sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger to taste. I also drizzled with 2 tsp lemon juice.

Cover with 1 cup wild blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Bake 350 degrees 20-25 minutes until all the flavors melt together. Serve warm to Papa Smurf...or some kind of Cussin' Granny near you.
Total Carbohydrate 1/2 pear and 2 T blueberries:
Dietary Fiber:
5 almonds 3 gr fat 2 carbs

There you go. Denture smackin' good.

1 comment:

Goob said...

oh Steph, these look DIVINE!
Is the color name you're looking for "Merlot?"