It amazes me how the ordinary pear, after only 30 minutes in the oven, can make a superman-like transformation into “Baked Pears” —an elegant and sumptuous finish to the meal. With only a few minutes of prep time, this is a healthy mama’s dream dessert.
We have June’s Uncle Derek to thank for introducing our family to this quick and easy dessert. A visit to my brother-in-law’s home is like a visit to “The Gourmet Inn.” We always come away with fresh foodie inspirations. When Derek presented baked pears for dessert, we all raved about its simple perfection. So delicious, so healthy, so fast!
Soon after our return home, Jake fixed us a batch of baked pears and we were hooked. I recall having baked pears before, but it was this recent exposure with all the family fun that woke me up to its great appeal. Baked pears are now a staple in our healthy dessert repertoire.
In addition to making a classy finish to any dinner, baked pears have made an appearance in our weekend breakfasts as well. We use them on pancakes and waffles, or as a “side” to our eggs. My favorite and most frequent use has been as a school lunch dessert. After baking, I chop up the pears and it becomes a fast-packing fruit for the lunch bag. I love that June is getting whole fruit nutrition with fast-food convenience.
You can also dress up the pears for those who might approach fruit desserts with a skeptical eye. A little chocolate sauce or a drizzle of maple syrup, brown sugar, or honey after baking can give just enough sweet with significantly less added sugar than traditional desserts. A sugar-free pear topping I recommend is the cherry syrup from my ice cream sandwich recipe.
Baked Pears Recipe Notes
I sampled baking the pears both face up and face down. Face down produced far tastier results by our family’s measure. The little cave you make with face down pears becomes a steam chamber and the pears cook through quicker with a more even texture. I also found it easier to achieve a luscious layer of browning when face down.
My husband, who is more of a proper chef, likes to remove the “stem” part of the pear core. (see picture above) Being more of a practical “house cook”, I haven’t found enough of a difference in taste/texture to take that step, and just scoop out the seeded portion of the core.
Try it, and let me know if you discover any new ways to enjoy your baked pears!