Apricot Pear Parfaits


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his is such a delightful dessert to make for yourself or for anyone on a hot summer day.

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  • firm ripe pears, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 5 oz. dried apricots
  • 1/4 C. fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 8 oz. container nonfat vanilla yogurt

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Place 4 of the pears, apricots, ginger, water, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes until pears are tender. Meanwhile toss reaming two pears in 1 Tbs. of lemon juice and reserve. Remove cinnamon stick from pear/apricot mixture, place mixture in a food processor and process briefly. Allow sauce to cool and then place 1/4 C. of mixture into parfaits glasses followed by 1/4 C. yogurt and 1/4 C. pear mixture. Top with remaining pears and serve.

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