Golden Pear and Almond Gratin

YIELD: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon orange juice
1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted and divided, optional**
1 Tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 lb. ripe pears peeled, halved, cored and cut

DIRECTIONS

In saucepan, combine honey, wine, lemon and orange juices. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking to dissolve honey. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Set aside. Meanwhile, chop 1/4 cup almonds. In small bowl, stir together chopped almonds, lemon peel, orange peel and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed. Set aside. In greased 10-inch gratin dish or pie plate, layer half of pear slices; sprinkle with chopped almond mixture. Top with remaining pear slices and remaining 1/4 cup sliced almonds. Pour honey mixture over pears. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve warm or chilled.*Strictly kosher kitchens should be sure to use certified kosher products.** For those who do not eat nuts during Rosh Hashana, almonds can be replaced with 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs.