Simple Sauce: Melt butter in a small pan over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar until butter is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in Frangelico until smooth.
Peel pears and slice in half vertically. Use a paring knife and/or melon baller to remove the stems and cores. Place, cut side up, in an 8- x 8-inch baking dish. Spoon butter mixture over each pear. Split vanilla bean (if using) in half lengthwise and place in pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and pears are tender. Let cool slightly but serve warm with simple sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Nutrients per serving: 168 calories, 10 g protein, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 g carbohydrates. 4 g fibre, 63 mg cholesterol, 258 mg sodium.
How to toast hazelnuts
Spread them in a single layer in a small baking dish. Bake at 450°F for 5 to 7 minutes or until fragrant. As they cool, their dark skin will flake off.
How to make chocolate curls
Run a vegetable peeler along the side of a chocolate bar.