Total Calories: 321
1 Peel the pears, leaving the stems intact. With a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out the core and seeds, working from the bottom of the pears.
2 In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears upright, bring the water, sugar, and orange zest to a simmer over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
3 Add the pears and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and cook, turning the pears once, for 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a small knife. Let the pears cool in the syrup.
4 When ready to serve, prepare the chocolate sauce.
5 With a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to serving dishes. (Cover and refrigerate the syrup for another use, such as tossing with cut-up fruits for a salad.) Drizzle with warm chocolate sauce. Serve immediately.
From "1,000 Italian Recipes." Copyright 2004 by Michele Scicolone. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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