Baked Pears

I spotted some first of the season pears at the grocery store over the weekend and went a little crazy. That happens to me a lot, huh? :) Let me introduce you to quite possibly one of the easiest desserts you will ever make. Warm and tender pears filled with an incredible oatmeal almond crisp. Top with a dab of homemade whipped cream or go all out and pair with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This dessert requires surprisingly little effort, but your guests will never know. You can even prepare the streusel up to two days in advance, stirring in the pecans and chopped pears just before baking.

My parents have a pear tree in their backyard that I absolutely love. This time of year the tree is filled with pears just waiting to be picked. Unfortunately they live about seven hours away from me and I just can’t go in their backyard and pick some. Growing up I would always get so excited when my dad would pick those delicious pears. It was always a race to pick the pears before the birds and squirrels would devour them. The pears were ready to pick when they just begin to change to a yellowish-green. If you waited for the pear to fully ripen on the tree it was never as good. So we would pick them and let them fully ripen off the tree. Every year my dad makes a delicious pear jam that tastes incredible smeared on a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit. For the rest of the pears that we did not eat out of hand or make into jam we would cook and bake with. Baked pears, poached pears, dried pear slices…you name it…we made it! :D

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Baked Pears

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Ingredients: 

  • 7 large (about 6 ounces each) pears
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated zest from 1 orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch table salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider
Directions:
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Peel, core, and cut 1 pear into 1/4-inch dice. Combine 5 tablespoons of butter, brown sugar, cranberries, pecans, oats, orange zest, cinnamon, diced pear, and salt in large bowl; set aside.
  2. Slice remaining pears lengthwise into halves. With a small sharp paring knife and a spoon remove the core and seeds from each pear, leaving a round well for the filling.
  3. Melt remaining tablespoon butter in 12-inch nonstick ovensafe skillet over medium heat. Once foaming subsides, add pears, cut side down, and cook until cut surface is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip pears, reduce heat to low, and divide the filling among the pears, mounding it on top of the indentation. Add maple syrup and 1/3 cup cider to skillet. Transfer skillet to oven, and bake until skewer inserted into pears meets little resistance, 35 to 40 minutes, basting every 10 minutes with maple syrup mixture in skillet.
  4. Transfer pears to serving platter. Stir up to 2 tablespoons remaining cider into sauce in skillet to adjust consistency. Pour sauce over pears and serve.

Yields: 6 servings

Source: adapted from the Baked Apples recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, January 2010

31 Responses to “Baked Pears”

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    The Café Sucré Farine — August 24, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Yum!! These look wonderful and make me so ready for fall! I love having a super easy recipe like this in my repertoire! Thanks, Chris

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    Judy — August 24, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    All I need now is a spoon! Yum!

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    ChgoJohn — August 24, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Wow! These look incredible and easy enough that I would attempt to make them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Amy — August 24, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    I always make baked apples but never thought of baked pears…yum! I actually just made poached pears last night and will be posting it soon too :)

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — August 24, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    these look so tempting:) yum! thank you for sharing this. would really love to have this now:)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 24, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    What a great idea- saving this for the amazing fall/winter pears!

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    Tina@flourtrader — August 24, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    Great idea filling and baking pears, sounds delicious! Lovely dessert for fall.

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    Reem — August 24, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    Delicious!!! Lovely looking pear, all those cranberries, almonds and oats are screaming warmth and comfort. I am sure your dad’s jam must be incredibly tasty, handpick pears and on the top made with love………
    Thanks for sharing this recipe dear.

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — August 24, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    Oh wow these look amazing. And I so wish we had a fruit tree of some sort in our yard. I need to plant one at our next house!

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    juniakk @ mis pensamientos — August 24, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    i loved baked pears! this looks so good! i like to fruit sweeten mine with apple juice and then roast them without butter or anything else. lol. pear jam sounds super yummy~~~!

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    Peggy — August 24, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    We actually just got some pears in our CSA today – now I know exactly what I’m going to do with them!

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    Maris (in Good Taste) — August 24, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    This definitely puts me in the mood for my favorite season-Fall!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — August 24, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    I love how hearty the filling is. Bring on fall.

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    Byn — August 24, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    oooh i’m so not ready for fall! i still have so many peach/cherry things to bake and tomatoes/corn things to eat!

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    Baking Serendipity — August 24, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    I would love to have a pear tree :) This looks like the perfect fall dressert…simple and delicious!

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    Jenny (VintageSugarcube) — August 25, 2011 @ 1:27 am

    Ohhh.. I love pears and have never had them baked before. Your recipe looks sooo darn delish.

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    muppy — August 25, 2011 @ 5:52 am

    My dad gave me a big bag of pears fresh from the orchards and so this looks like a perfect way to eat them. I love that you cook them cut side down first, delicious.

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    Liz — August 25, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    I bought my first Bartlett pears last week…a sure sign of fall. These pears look fabulous…topped with all that gooey wonderfulness :)

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    The Teenage Taste — August 25, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Mmmm…these look delicious! I’ve always seen baked apple/pear desserts but never thought to make them. This recipe changed that! I might try this with apples though because my tastebuds and pears don’t get along. ;-)

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    Mandy@Withmilkandflour — August 25, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    Looks like the perfect dessert to bring in the approaching autumn season.

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    RavieNomNoms — August 25, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    These look gorgeous!

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    thefooddoctor — August 25, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    Ok I HAVE to go hunting for some pears tomorrow

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    akismet-cb5912ded91ae1cfa61783de1a9ade91 — August 25, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Oo..these look delicious. Printing this out right now and plan to give them a try.

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    Sandi — August 25, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Simple into greatness. You seem to have a niche for that :)
    And I just recently fell in love w/Cook’s Illustrated. Don’t know how I missed it before!

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    Michelle — August 25, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    I love doing baked fruit like this! I can’t wait for apple season!

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    The Farmers Wife — August 25, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    Those look absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to find some fresh pears in my stores!!!

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    Kelly — August 25, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    Oh my these baked pears look incredible!! :)

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    Hezzi-D — August 28, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    These just scream fall to me. They look so good. I’ve been really into pears lately and can’t wait to try these!

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    Tres Delicious — August 28, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    Brilliant idea! I never tried baking pears. This time I will love to.

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    briarrose — August 29, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    This takes my love of crisp to a new level. What a cool way to serve this.

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