Baked Pears are the perfect healthy dessert! Sweet, juicy pears are topped off with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg toppings.
If you’re looking for light and easy Dessert Recipes one easy way is by using fruit. They’re naturally sweet and only need a few additions to take them to the next level. For more fruit desserts try our Strawberry Chia Pudding or Baked Apples next.
This is one of those recipes, you’ll want to keep on hand for any time you’re craving a sweet treat. It’s easy to prep, and the baked fruit comes out of the oven wonderfully tender with a caramelized brown sugar topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The warm flavors and juicy fruit make an amazing blend of flavors that you won’t be able to get enough of.
You can enjoy the finished pears as a dessert on their own or slice them into pieces to use as a topping for your favorite dessert recipes. They’d taste amazing scooped over vanilla ice cream or as a topping for Healthy Coffee Cake. They also double as a dessert or a sweet breakfast to start your morning with.
Pears are available year-round at grocery stores, so you can make this recipe any time, and it’s oh-so-easy. All you have to do is use a paring knife to slice medium pares in half length-wise. Then cut the core and stem out of the pear halves. Place them on a baking dish and sprinkle the brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes and enjoy. It’s as easy as that!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEARS
Pears are sweet and juicy with an amazing velvety texture. But, their delicious taste isn’t the only thing that makes this Baked Pears recipe great. They’re also packed full of nutrients and health benefits that make them amazing to add to your diet.
- Firstly, they’re full of nutrients like fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, copper, and folate. But, with all those benefits included they’re still fairly low in calories.
- They can also lower cholesterol and improve overall heart health.
- The fact that they’re low in calories, high in fiber, and have a high water content helps with weight management because they’re filling while keeping the calories down.
- They also contain anthocyanin and cinnamic acid contents, which have been found to help fight cancer in your body.
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VARIATIONS ON BAKED PEARS
- Savory baked pears: Instead of serving up pears as a dessert, you can try coating them in savory toppings instead of sweet ones. Drizzle on apple cider vinegar, then sprinkle on black pepper, salt, and fresh rosemary. You can also add on your favorite cheeses like shredded parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar, or Monterey Jack.
- Nuts: For a crunchy topping, add on walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or slivered almonds. You could also add some seeds like pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
- Spices: If you want to add some extra spices to the delicious cinnamon mixture try cloves, ginger, allspice, and cardamom.
- Maple syrup: For a bit of extra sweetness, try drizzling on some pure maple syrup right before serving your Baked Pears.
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HOW TO STORE BAKED PEARS
- Serve: If you have any leftovers, you don’t want to leave the pears at room temperature for more than a couple of hours.
- Store: You can, however, keep the Baked Pears in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
- Freeze: They can also stay good sealed and frozen for up to 3 months. Let them thaw in the fridge before enjoying.
- 3 Anjou pears
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar , packed
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut the pears in half lengthwise.
- Use a small spoon to the core and remove the stem.
- In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Spoon evenly over the pears and spread over the cut halves.
- Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes.