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Cheesy Cinnamon Baked Pears

Warm, lightly sweet baked pears sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar, spread with creamy cheese and topped with crunchy walnuts!

Ingredients

  • 1 pear, I used a Bartlett pear, but Anjou or others should work as well - mine started as yellow/green!
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, divided
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 wedge of The Laughing Cow Creamy White Cheddar Cheese, softened to room temperature

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350. Set out a glass baking dish.
  • Cut your pear in half from stem to base. Use a spoon to scoop out the seed/core area, forming a round hollow valley. Sprinkle ½ a teaspoon of the brown sugar over top the two pears and follow with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Use half a tablespoon of the chopped walnuts to fill the valleys of the pears. Sprinkle the remaining ½ teaspoon of brown sugar over top of the walnuts. Place the pears cut side up into the baking dish and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • While the pears are baking, place the cheese wedge on a cutting mat or piece of parchment paper and use a spreader knife to “whip” or smush the cheese until it’s smooth and no longer shaped like a wedge. Split the cheese into two equal piles and use your spreader knife to smooth them into thick rounds.
  • When the pears are done baking, remove them from the oven and transfer each to a plate for serving (careful, these will be hot!). Use your spreading knife to slide underneath and carefully lift the round cheese forms off the paper or mat and place them on top of the baked pears. Sprinkle the remaining half tablespoon of chopped walnuts over the tops and finish with another pinch of cinnamon if desired.

Notes

MyWW SmartPoints per (half a pear) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 2 SmartPoints/ Blue: 2 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
2 PP per half a pear (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PP calculator and the nutrition info below)
Nutrition Information per pear half:
99 calories, 16 g carbs, 11 g sugars, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 2 g protein, 3 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)