Indulge in a guilt-free dessert with these baked pears, which are perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Simply halve fresh pears, sprinkle with a mixture of sweetened oats and nuts, bake, and serve with ice cream for a tasty and relatively guilt-free dessert. Have a sweet tooth and want more dessert options? Poached pears or a baked pear pie would be great. Which pear varieties work best when used in desserts?
Even the driest pears can be baked and made edible. The combination of heat from the oven and the sugary cooking liquid makes an under-ripe pear ideal for this recipe. The most common varieties of pear to find in stores all year are the Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou varieties; however, Asian pears are worth trying as well.
How about using green pears?
We found that pears that were just starting to soften were ideal for this recipe. To achieve the ideal texture after baking, select pears that are just slightly underripe. If you don’t want your pears to turn into mush, use them before they’re too ripe. How do I force a ripe pear to ripen?
It’s common for grocery store pears to be a few days away from being perfectly ripe, so don’t be surprised if they’re a bit firm when you first get them. The pears can be ripened at room temperature in a paper bag for a day or two to reach the beginning of their ripeness window. They should have a pleasant aroma and be slightly firm to the touch. Refrigerating pears will prolong the time it takes for the fruit to ripen. If you’re in a hurry, microwave the pear with the flesh facing up in a covered microwave-safe container. Check the pear’s doneness after each minute in the microwave to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Have any suggestions for toppings besides ice cream?
Definitely! The topping’s primary function is to provide a textural contrast to the warm spiced pear and crisp oats. If you’re looking for something different, try whipped cream, sweetened Greek yogurt, frozen yogurt, or your go-to dairy-free ice cream.
Check out our list of over seventy-five fall dessert ideas for more tasty treats to round out your Thanksgiving meal.
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the equivalent of four ripe pears
1/2 cup of butter, melted
Cinnamon sugar, 1 tablespoon
The equivalent of 1 cup of traditional rolled oats
Finely chopped almonds, 1/2 cup
Brown sugar, 1/3 cup
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Split the pears in half lengthwise and remove some of the core so that the oatmeal crumble can fit. Brush insides of pears with 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. The oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little salt should all be mixed together in a medium bowl. Toss in the last of the melted butter and stir to coat. Divide among the halved pears. For about 35-40 minutes, depending on the size of your pears, bake them at 350°F. Top with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve warm.
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