Fall is known for baking and having delicious fruits and veggies. Make the most of fall's bounty with this Honey Roasted Pears recipe. You'll love how the pears become caramelized and sweeter when roasted. Serve with creme fraiche, whipped cream or ice cream for the perfect treat!
What Pears are best for baking
Not all pears are created equal. Because pears can easily turn to mush when cooked, use firm unripened pears when baking. You'll be able to peel them easier and when baked they'll keep their integrity. The best pear varieties for baking are bosc and anjou pear varieties. These are usually available at most grocery stores.
How to peel and core pears
When baking with pears first select pears that are not over ripe. You'll be able to peel and cut firm pears more easily that overly ripe ones. Peel the skin using a vegetable peeler, it should come off easily like an apple skin. To core the pears, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds as you would with a melon.
What to make with pears
Pears can be used in most recipes that apples are used in. They can be used in crumbles, breads, as dumplings and of course just eaten raw. Pears can be found year round but are usually freshest in the fall. Some of my favorite pear recipes are:
make it a meal
- Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots
- Balsamic Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Roasted Broccoli and Garlic
- Other Side Options
Honey Roasted Pears
- 8 Pears Peeled and cored
- 8 Tbsp Butter Cubed in ½ inch pieces
- 5 Sprigs Thyme
- 2 Bay Leaves
- ½ Cup Honey
- Creme Fraiche, Vanilla Ice Cream Optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Peel, halve and core pears. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet core side up. Top each pear with butter and a pinch of salt. Scatter thyme and bay leaves over pears and drizzle with honey.
- Bake pears, turning every 15 minutes or so until cooked through and golden in color, about 1 hour. Transfer to a serving dish and serve warm with creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
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