Stuffed pears with almond and ginger filling recipe

Stuffed pears with almond and ginger filling recipe

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For a fruity vegan Christmas starter that everyone will love, look no further than these stuffed pears. Coated in festive spices before roasting, the soft, caramelised flesh is combined with warming ginger and creamy almonds, finished with a little seasoning and served with rocket. Easy, impressive and completely vegan, dairy- and gluten-free! See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 158 calories / serving

Ingredients

  • 4 pears
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ whole nutmeg, finely grated
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 3cm piece stem ginger, diced very small, plus 1 tbsp ginger syrup
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • 60g rocket

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    665kj
    158kcal
    8%
  • Fat

    8g 11%
  • Saturates

    1g 4%
  • Sugars

    21g 23%
  • Salt

    0.3g 5%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 21.1g Protein 3.3g Fibre 4.2g

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C. Cut the pears in half lengthways and scoop out the pips with a teaspoon. Transfer the pear halves to a large bowl and toss with the lemon juice, spices, fresh ginger and 1 tbsp stem ginger syrup.
  2. Arrange the pears on a baking tray, cut-side up, and pour over the rest of the lemon mixture. Roast for about 30 mins, until the flesh is soft and the pears are just starting to caramelise. Remove from the oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  3. When cool, carefully scoop out the flesh with a spoon, leaving the sides intact and transfer to a medium bowl with any liquid. Mash roughly with a fork and stir through the diced stem ginger and most of the flaked almonds, reserving a few to decorate.
  4. Spoon the filling back into the pear skins and sprinkle over the remaining almonds and a pinch of salt. 
  5. Heat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Bake the pears until hot throughout, about 10 mins.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve over the rocket, seasoned pepper.

Get ahead: Make the pears up until step 4 and store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 24 hours. You may need to bake the pears for a few minutes longer than recommended in step 5 to ensure they are hot throughout.

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