Microwaved Honey & Cardamom Poached Apples or Pears


A warm dessert is as comforting as candlelight and a warm hearth (and heart) in chilly mid-February weather. When available, try Ontario Bosc pears in place of apples. Choose small, ripe but firm pears.

  • 2 Ontario Apples, such as Idared or Empire
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) 100% Ontario Liquid Honey
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cardamom
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Toasted sliced almonds (optional)

Peel apples; cut in half and remove cores (a melon baller works well). Place, cut side's up, in shallow microwaveable dish.

In small microwaveable bowl, warm honey at High for 20 seconds; stir in cardamom and cinnamon. Drizzle evenly over apples; cover and microwave at High for 3 to 5 minutes or until apples are tender. Let stand 5 minutes.

Place apples in dessert dishes. Scoop ice cream or frozen yogurt in centre of each half. Spoon sauce over top. Garnish with almonds, if desired

NOTE: Microwave recipes tested in a 700-watt microwave oven. Power level terminology in microwave ovens varies; check your owner's manual and use whichever word or number gives you the same percentages as in the recipe (High is always 100%). If your oven differs, cooking times may vary.

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