Ultimate Chocolate Sundaes

Although chocolate complements the pears in this dessert recipe, the sauce is equally delicious on fresh berries or peaches. Be sure to combine the water and chocolate at the beginning of cooking so they blend when heated.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Start to Finish: 30 mins

Ultimate Chocolate Sundaes

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan combine chocolate, water, and the 1/4 cup sugar. Melt chocolate over low heat, stirring slowly and constantly. Stir in pear liqueur or nectar. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Peel pears, if desired; cut into quarters.* In a large skillet melt butter. Add pear quarters; cook over medium heat about 12 minutes or until browned and tender, turning once. Add the 2 tablespoons sugar stirring gently until sugar is dissolved and pears are glazed.

To assemble:

  1. Place scoops of ice cream in bottom of 8 individual bowls. Spoon two pear pieces and some sauce around ice cream in each bowl. Top with chocolate sauce. Makes 8 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

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If using large pears, use only 2 pears and cut into fourths.

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Nutrition Facts (Ultimate Chocolate Sundaes)

  • Per serving:
  • 538 kcal ,
  • 33 g fat
  • (20 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 5 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 132 mg chol. ,
  • 119 mg sodium ,
  • 56 g carb. ,
  • 3 g fiber ,
  • 49 g sugar ,
  • 7 g pro.
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