Maple, Pear and Ricotta Parfaits

The Good News The ricotta in these parfaits is full of calcium, and the pears are loaded with fiber. To add flavor, Marisa May poaches the pears in water infused with maple syrup and lemon juice. The poached pears can also be served separately with granola or yogurt.

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  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Four 8-ounce firm but ripe Bartlett pears—peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • One 15-ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted pistachios, coarsely chopped

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large nonreactive saucepan, combine the water, maple syrup and lemon juice. Add the pears and simmer over moderately low heat, turning occasionally, until tender, about 35 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the poached pears to a work surface. Thinly slice the pears.

  2. Bring the poaching liquid to a boil and stir in the sugar, butter and vanilla. Simmer over moderate heat until the liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. In a bowl, whisk the ricotta until smooth and dollop a third of the cheese into 6 glasses. Top with half of the pears. Repeat with another dollop of ricotta and the remaining pears. Spoon the remaining ricotta on top and drizzle with the reduced poaching liquid. Sprinkle the pistachios on top and serve immediately.


One serving: 224 cal, 25 gm carb, 10 gm fat, 5 gm sat fat, 9 gm protein, 1 gm fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Quentin Bacon Published December 2009

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