This recipe is perfect for fall entertaining when fresh pears are seasonally available. For roasting, choose pears which are ripe yet firm. They should yield slightly when pressed near the stem.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in small bowl. Place pear halves, cut-side up, in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture
Bake 30 minutes or until pears are tender, spooning brown sugar mixture over pears halfway through baking. Cool slightly
Bring cream just to boil in small saucepan on medium heat. Remove from heat. Add white chocolate; stir until chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth
To serve, place a pear half on each of 8 dessert plates. Stir brown sugar mixture in baking dish. Spoon over pear halves. Sprinkle with almonds and cranberries. Drizzle generously with white chocolate sauce. Serve immediately
Variation: Stir 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Ground Saigon Cinnamon into the white chocolate sauce.
This recipe was created by Cat Cora, Bon Appétit Executive Chef.