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6 Tempting desserts

Molly Cerreta Smith has enjoyed a career in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. As an editor of several regional magazines, she has had the opportunity throughout her career to meet many local celebrities, businesspeople, ent...

Sweets for your sweetie

You've planned the perfect romantic dinner -- and now it's time for a tempting dessert to sweeten the night. Here we offer six sensual dessert recipes you can enjoy with your Valentine any night of the year.

Pear cupcakes

Pear cupcakes Ingredients:
15 ounces pear halves, in syrup
1 box (18.25 ounces) white cake mix
3 large eggs


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounces white chocolate, chopped
2 cup confectioners' sugar
1-1/2 drops green food coloring, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. Drain pear halves; reserve syrup.

3. In bowl with electric mixer, beat pear halves, cake mix, 1/3 cup pear syrup and eggs for two minutes. Divide mixture evenly among muffin cups.

4. Bake for 22 to 27 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

5. To make frosting: In saucepan over medium heat, bring 1/4 cup pear syrup to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in butter and chocolate until melted. Whisk in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in food coloring, if using. Immediately frost cooled cupcakes.

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