Pears baked in almond tea take on a flavor reminiscent of amaretto but at a fraction of the calories. The crunch of sugar-crusted almonds against tender fruit reveals an intriguing interplay of textures--a critical component of taste pleasure.
Equipment: 4 individual gratin dishes or 1 1/2-quart gratin dish, pie pan or quiche dish
Substituting with Splenda: In the EatingWell Test Kitchen, sucralose is the only alternative sweetener we test with when we feel the option is appropriate. For nonbaking recipes, we use Splenda Granular (boxed, not in a packet). For baking, we use Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking, a mix of sugar and sucralose. It can be substituted in recipes (1/2 cup of the blend for each 1 cup of sugar) to reduce sugar calories by half while maintaining some of the baking properties of sugar. If you make a similar blend with half sugar and half Splenda Granular, substitute this homemade mixture cup for cup.
When choosing any low- or no-calorie sweetener, be sure to check the label to make sure it is suitable for your intended use.
2 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat