apricot ginger pear parfaits

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  • add   6 firm-ripe pears (3 lb) <br> 5 oz dried apricots (preferably California; 1 heaping cup) <br> 4 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger<br> 1/2 cup water<br> 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar<br> 4 (4- by 1-inch) strips <a href ="/recipes/recipe_vie

Instructions

  1. Peel 4 pears (2 pounds) and coarsely chop (including cores), then transfer to a 3- to 4-quart saucepan. Add apricots, ginger, water, 2 tablespoons sugar, zest, cinnamon stick, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and simmer, covered, until pears are very tender, about 20 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick and force mixture through food mill into a bowl. If desired, stir in up to 1 tablespoon additional sugar and cool sauce.
  2. While sauce is cooling, peel, core, and finely dice (1/3 inch) remaining 2 pears (1 pound), then toss with remaining tablespoon lemon juice in a bowl.
  3. Spoon 1/4 cup sauce into each of 6 (8-ounce) glasses and top each serving with 2 tablespoons diced pear. Then spread 2 tablespoons yogurt in each glass and top with 2 more tablespoons diced pear and 1/4 cup sauce.
  4. Cooks' note:
  5. • Sauce can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.