Microwave Escalloped Pears and Cranberries


from the kitchen of MKA

Servings - about 6   Serving Size- approx. 1/4 - 1/2 cup or 1/6th of recipe   Points Plus per serving - 3 points+

Calories - 86.9,   Total Fat - 0.4g,   Carb. - 24.1g,   Protein - 0.3g,   Fiber - 2.3g

3 med.-sized ripe, bartlett pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger ( you can use less if  you aren't a fan of ginger, but ginger and pears work so well together and I love the bit of bite the ginger gives this dish) 

2 TBS. brown sugar

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 TBS. cornstarch, dissolved in a little bit of water

1.  In a microwavable container with a lid ( I used a 1.5qt. pyrex dish with a glass lid ), combine the pears, spices, sugar and cranberries.  Cover and microwave on HIGH for approx. 4 -5 minutes*, or until the pears are soft and the juices have combined with the sugar to form a syrup.  Stir halfway through cook time.  

2.  Add the dissolved cornstarch and stir and return to microwave on HIGH  for another 30 seconds to 1 minute to thicken juices into a sauce.  Let stand, covered for a few minutes before serving.  

* Microwaves cook at different speeds depending on the wattage...you may find your microwave takes more or less time than stated.