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Low GI Recipe: Baked Spiced Pears with Zabaglione Sauce

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December 2, 2008 by Johanna Burani

Low GI Recipe: Baked Spiced Pears with Zabaglione Sauce

Pears with cinnamon and cardamom are a marriage made in culinary heaven. Adding the most “divine” of all Italian sauces, zabaglione, makes this dessert a truly ethereal experience. This full-bodied dessert relies exclusively on the wholesome flavors of its ingredients and not added fats, making it an excellent finish to a hearty holiday meal.


Low GI Recipe: Baked Spiced Pears with Zabaglione Sauce
Pears with cinnamon and cardamom are a marriage made in culinary heaven. Adding the most “divine” of all Italian sauces, zabaglione, makes this dessert a truly ethereal experience. This full-bodied dessert relies exclusively on the wholesome flavors of its ingredients and not added fats, making it an excellent finish to a hearty holiday meal.
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Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Healthy Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe Bosc pears
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons marsala wine
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel, halve and core pears. Place them cut side down in a rectangular baking pan with just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar and spices, sprinkle ½ of the mixture over pears. Bake 5 minutes. Turn pear halves over, sprinkle with remaining sugar-spice mixture and continue to bake for another 5 minutes. Pears are done when they are easily pierced by a fork but still hold their shape. Remove from oven to individual dessert dishes. Set aside.
  4. To make the sauce, mix the egg yolk and remaining sugar in a very small saucepan. Using a wooden spoon, mix vigorously for at least 5 minutes. Slowly add in the marsala and mix well.
  5. Heat over low flame stirring constantly for approximately 1 minute or until the mixture thickens WITHOUT COMING TO A BOIL.
  6. Pour sauce over pear halves and serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ pear with 1 tbsp of sauce Calories: 99 Fat: 2g Saturated fat: <1g Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 2g Protein: 1g Cholesterol: 55mg

 


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Gushers vs Tricklers


"Gushers" are quickly-digested carbohydrates that cause a rapid rise in blood glucose and fuel appetite.

"Tricklers" are slowly-digested carbohydrates that are gradually released into the bloodstream and sustain satiety. These are the good carbs.


Johanna Burani
MS, RD, CDE
Nutrition Works LLC
Morristown, NJ, USA

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