Almond Stuffed Baked Pears



  1. 6 ripe pears
  2. 3 oranges, juice of 3, zest of just 1
  3. 1 ounce softened butter
  4. 2 ounces golden superfine sugar
  5. 2 ounces ground almonds
  6. 1 egg white, lightly whisked
  7. 2 tablespoons sliced almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F Cut the pears in half, peel and remove the core.
  2. Lightly butter a shallow ovenproof dish large enough to take the halved pears in one layer.
  3. Arrange the pears, cut sides up, in the dish and pour the orange juice over and around them.
  4. Beat together the butter and sugar until softened.
  5. Beat in the orange zest and ground almonds, then stir in the egg white.
  6. Spoon a little mixture into the cavity of each pear, then scatter the flaked almonds over.
  7. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes, until the pears are tender and the filling golden.
  9. Serve.