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Baked Pears

Baked Pears

Creamy, luscious fall fruit baked with a touch of cream and a hint of almond – an easy and elegant dessert.

This is one of the simplest desserts – perfect for last minute dinner guests and easily adapted for a party of 2 or 20!

Pears evoke images of cooler weather.I remember as a kid my parents would be the recipients of gorgeous pears, delicately wrapped in tissue and gift boxed for the holidays. Life in a small town offered limited selections of fruit in local markets and this was a treat! And baking pears in a bit of cream, a dash of pure almond extract, an extra sprinkling of sugar, then dotted with butter gives you a truly exquisite dish!

The pears come out with a creamy-like texture along with a rich sauce. Succulently sweet and delicious!

And if you don’t have cream on hand but happen to have a pint of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, you’re good to go thanks to this shortcut from Emily. She skips the sugar, adds cinnamon and vanilla extract for autumn flavors, then a couple of scoops of ice cream to finish baking.

Prepping the pears couldn’t be simpler. Rinse, cut them in half and core. No peeling necessary. You can have this sumptuous dessert in the oven in no time!

Think you don’t like baked fruit? These divine baked pears might just change your mind!

Baked Pears

2 tablespoons butter, room temperature, divided

2 tablespoons sugar, divided

2 Bosc pears, ripe but still firm

½ cup heavy cream

½ teaspoon pure almond extract

Vanilla ice cream for serving, optional

Spread 1 tablespoon of the softened butter in a baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sugar over the butter.

Rinse the pears and cut in half. Using a melon baller remove the core from the pears. You can bake with the stem on or trim it off. Place the pears cut side down in the buttered dish and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes. Combine the cream and almond extract (or vanilla and cinnamon). Pour the cream over the pears.

Continue baking for an additional 20 minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

In a pinch with no cream on hand but ice cream in the freezer…

Baked Pears in Vanilla Ice Cream

2 tablespoons butter, room temperature, divided

2 Bosc pears, ripe but still firm

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.

2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

Vanilla ice cream for serving

Spread 1 tablespoon of the softened butter in a baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Rinse the pears and cut in half. Using a melon baller remove the core from the pears. You can bake with the stem on or trim it off.

Place the pears cut side down in the buttered dish and dot with the remaining butter. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes.

Pour in the vanilla extract and sprinkle the cinnamon over the top of the pears.

Add the ice cream and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.

Serve warm with an extra scoop of ice cream!

Baked Pears, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

October 10, 2018
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Creamy, luscious fall fruit baked with a touch of cream and a hint of almond – an easy and elegant dessert.

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Ingredients
  • Baked Pears with Cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 Bosc pears, ripe but still firm
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • Vanilla ice cream for serving
  • Baked Pears in Ice Cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature, divided
  • 2 Bosc pears, ripe but still firm
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • Vanilla ice cream for serving
Directions
  • Step 1 Baked Pears:
  • Step 2 Spread 1 tablespoon of the softened butter in a baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sugar over the butter.
  • Step 3 Rinse the pears and cut in half. Using a melon baller remove the core from the pears. You can bake with the stem on or trim it off.
  • Step 4 Place the pears cut side down in the buttered dish and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes.
  • Step 6 Combine the cream and almond extract (or vanilla and cinnamon). Pour the cream over the pears and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Step 7 Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
  • Step 8 Baked Pears in Ice Cream:
  • Step 9 Spread 1 tablespoon of the softened butter in a baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Step 10 Rinse the pears and cut in half. Using a melon baller remove the core from the pears. You can bake with the stem on or trim it off.
  • Step 11 Place the pears cut side down in the buttered dish and dot with the remaining butter. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes.
  • Step 12 Pour in the vanilla extract and sprinkle the cinnamon over the top of the pears. Add the ice cream and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Step 13 Serve warm with an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream!


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