Heavenly Baked Red Pears
1-1/4 cups apricot nectar
1/3 cup snipped dried apricots
2 tablespoons dried tart red cherries or cranberries
4 medium firm red pears
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Reduced-fat yogurt or sour cream (optional)
Ground nutmeg (optional)
Combine apricot nectar, apricots, and cherries or cranberries in a small saucepan; bring to boiling. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Drain fruit, reserving liquid.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Core whole pears almost through to bottom. Place pears in a 2-quart square baking dish. Combine drained fruit mixture, sugar, and nutmeg. Spoon into center of each pear. Combine reserved liquid, cardamom, and vanilla; pour over and around pears.
Bake, covered, in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until pears are tender, basting occasionally with cooking liquid.
To serve, spoon liquid over pears. Serve warm, dolloped with reduced-fat yogurt or sour cream and sprinkled with nutmeg, if desired.