3 slices Prepared pound cake, cut into 2-oz. oval-shaped slices
1 cups Crystallized ginger, finely chopped
First 4 ingredients in pan large enough to completely cover the pears with liquid. Add pear halves; simmer on medium-low heat 20 min. or just until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain pears.
Beat egg whites until frothy. Add remaining ingredients; stir until coated. Spread onto bottom of parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) convection oven 5 to 7 min. or until nuts are dry. Cool.
Cream Cheese Spread:
Ingredients until blended.
For each plating (3 servings):
3 cake slices on plate; spread each with about 1-1/2 Tbsp. (22 mL) Cream Cheese Spread. Cut each of 2 pear halves into 8 lengthwise slices; fan about 5 pieces on each cake slice. Sprinkle evenly with 1-1/2 Tbsp. (22 mL) Spiced Walnuts and 1 tsp. (5 mL) ginger. Serve with 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) chocolate sauce.