This recipe comes from my good friend Melinda, who is a wonderful cook. I made it last night for a gathering and it was a big hit! It tastes like fall to me.
You will need:
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
2 TBSP honey
1 cup oats
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp ground all-spice or pumpkin pie spice
6 TBSP butter, softened
2 TBSP sliced or slivered almonds
4 large, firm-ripe pears, washed (do not peel)
Heat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, combine sour cream (or yogurt) and honey. Mix well. Cover; chill. In medium bowl, combine oats, sugar, flour, and allspice; mix well. Cut in butter with two knives until mixture is crumbly. Stir in almonds. Set aside. Cut pears in half, lengthwise. Using a small spoon, remove center portion of each pear half, leaving a 1/2 inch shell. Place scooped pears cut-side down in pan; spray with cooking spray. Bake 20 min, or until pears feel tender when pierced with a small, sharp knife. Remove pan from oven to wire rack. Turn pears cut-side up in pan. Spoon oat mixture over pears. Return to oven. Continue baking 20 to 25 min. or until topping is light golden brown and pears are tender. Cool pears 5 min. in pan on wire rack. Drizzle sauce onto dessert plates (in a beautiful squiggly pattern). Place warm pears on top of sauce. Drizzle a little more sauce over each pear.
Tip: A zip-lock bag works great to use in drizzling the sauce. Squeeze the sauce into one corner and cut a small hole in the corner and drizzle sauce with no mess!