|3 medium||Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved|
|½ cup||Brown sugar, firmly packed|
|1 teaspoon||Apple pie spice|
|1 (7 ½-ounce) tub||Bellwether Farms Cr�me Fra�che|
|2 Tablespoons||Sliced almonds, toasted (optional)|
Place pear halves, cut side down, on cutting board. Starting about 1/2" from stem end, make 7 lengthwise cuts in each half, cutting to the bottom. Arrange pear halves, cut side down, in 11" x 7" baking dish.
In small saucepan, combine next 4 ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Pour sugar mixture over pears.
Bake, covered, in a preheated 350-degree oven until pears are tender (40-45 min.). Baste pears with sauce.
To Serve: Stir cr�me fra�che. Spread 2 tbs. onto one half of each dessert plate. Spoon 1 tbs. sauce from pears on the other side. With slotted spoon, place pear half in center of each plate; garnish with almonds, if desired. Serve immediately.