Baked Pears

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baked pears

I’m always amazed by the way baking or otherwise cooking transforms apples and pears from fruit into sumptuous desserts. Now, I know that most recipes for baked pears add brown sugar or honey, but do me a favor and try making this recipe as is – no added sugar. I think you’ll find that even underripe pears are plenty sweet enough, especially when baked, and there’s really no need for added sugar.

Baked Pears
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Recipe type: Dessert, Gluten-Free, Primal/Paleo
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 teaspoon soft butter for the baking dish
  • 4 large pears (2 lb. total weight), firm (don’t use ripe pears for this)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 X 13 baking dish with 1 teaspoon of butter.
  2. Peel the pears, halve and core. Leave the stems on - they make for a pretty presentation.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Brush the pears with the butter mixture on both sides.
  4. Arrange the pears in the prepared baking dish, cut side down. Bake the pears 30 minutes on each side, or until fork-tender, basting them every 15 minutes with the pan juices.
  5. When the pears are ready, use an electric hand mixer to quickly whip the cream (should take 2 minutes). Brush the pears one last time with the pan juices and serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream. There's no need to sweeten the cream or the pears, by the way - the richness of the cream combines with the natural sweetness of the pears into an exquisite experience, no added sugar needed.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 216; Fat: 12.5g; Carbohydrates: 27.4g; Sugar: 17.4g; Sodium: 6.7mg; Fiber: 5.6g; Protein: 1g
Baked Pears

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