Maple-Baked Fruit Parfaits
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 cinnamon stick
Pinch of salt
2 apples, pears, quince, peaches or other similar fruit
1/4 cup nuts
1 cup Greek yogurt or gelato/custard
Preheat the oven to 400º F.
In a small casserole pan or baking dish, add the butter. Place the dish into the oven for the butter to melt as the oven preheats. Slice your fruit in half. If using a stone fruit like peaches, remove the pit. Seeded fruits can have the seeds removed now or after baking.
If using a vanilla bean, slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds, adding them to the melted butter. If using a cinnamon stick, break in half and add that to the pan. Stir in maple syrup. Place fruit halves cut side down in the pan and return the pan to the oven.
Bake the fruit at 400º until soft, about 25-30 minutes for pears and apples and slightly less time for peaches. Remove from oven and immediately remove the fruit, placing on serving dishes. Tilt the pan up to combine maple syrup with fruit juices that were baked out. Add nuts to the mixture and stir to coat. Scoop yogurt or ice cream into the fruit halves and then add the nut mixture to the top while still warm. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 fruit halves.
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Photos by Shaina Olmanson