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Chocolate Ricotta-Filled Pears

Shared by: Tammy

3 Points Per Serving


1 cup light (part-skim) ricotta cheese

1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

2 tablespoons orange juice

2 tablespoons slivered or sliced almonds, toasted

3 large ripe pears


Beat ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed till combined. Stir in chocolate pieces and the 1 teaspoon orange peel. Set aside. Peel the pears; if desired. Cut in half lengthwise and remove the cores. Remove a thin slice from the rounded sides so the pear halves will sit flat. Brush the pears all over with orange juice. Place the pears on a dessert plate. Spoon the ricotta mixture on top of pears and sprinkle with almonds Garnish with orange curls, if desired.

Makes 6 serving