Honey Pears


4 pears
8 teaspoons honey
4 dates, softened in cold water, slit and the pits removed
lemon juice to brush on the pears to prevent discoloration (optional)


Serves 4

Wash the pears and pat dry with paper towels.

Cut the top off the pears and set aside (these will become the lid). Remove the core. If desired, cut off a small slice at the bottom so that the pear will stand straight during
steaming. (Note: Depending on the size of the pear, you may find it difficult to stand the pears upright and cover for steaming. In that case, slice the pears lengthwise, core, and spoon the honey and place the date in the hollow in the middle.)

Spoon 2 teaspoons honey into each pear.
Add 1 date.
Place the top back on the pear.
Brush the lemon juice over the skin of the pear if using.
Place the pears in the steamer and steam, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Grate or sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over (optional). Serve warm.

Add vanilla yoghurt and a berry coulis before serving.