Baked Bosc Pears on the Half Shell


3 Fresh Northwest Bosc Pears 
Choice of Fillings 
1/2 cup water 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
1 tablespoon butter or margarine 
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Halve and core pears; fill centers with desired filling. Combine remaining ingredients; bring to boil and pour over pears. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until tender; baste frequently with syrup. 

Raisin Filling 
Combine 1/4 cup raisins and 2 tablespoons chopped nuts.

Date Filling
Combine 1/3 cup snipped dates, 2 tablespoons chopped nuts and 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel.

Mincemeat Filling
Combine 1/2 cup prepared mincemeat with 1 tablespoon rum or brandy.