Baked pears make an elegant dessert that’s easy enough to make for family dinners. This healthy recipe has no added sugar, and you’re not going to miss it!
Baked pears make a beautiful, elegant, delicious dessert. My guests always love this dessert, but it’s an easy enough recipe that I often make it for my family, especially on the weekend.
I’m always amazed by the way cooking transforms apples and pears from mere fruit into sumptuous desserts.
Another wonderful thing about baked fruit is the amazing aroma they fill your kitchen with as they bake. The smell of these baked fruit desserts is just as good as their flavor, and I strongly associate it with fall and winter.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need four simple ingredients to make this tasty dessert. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
- Fresh pears
- Melted unsalted butter
- Vanilla extract
How to make baked pears
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
- Start by peeling the pears, then halve and core them.
- Mix the melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Brush the mixture all over the pears.
- Bake for 30 minutes per side at 350°F, basting every 15 minutes.
What are the best pears for baking?
Bosc and Anjou pears are best at holding their shape and texture when cooked. Although Bartletts should work too if that’s all you can get.
On the other hand, Comice pears are too tender and juicy and might fall apart when cooked.
Regardless of the variety of pear you use, it’s best to use pears that are slightly underripe. And you definitely shouldn’t use overripe ones.
How to serve them
I like to serve baked pears with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream. The richness of the heavy cream combines with the natural sweetness of the pears into an exquisite experience.
They’re also very good with homemade frozen yogurt, with vanilla ice cream, or simply on their own.
There’s no need for added sugar
I know that most similar recipes add brown sugar or honey. But personally, I find those unnecessary.
To my palate, even underripe pears are sweet enough, especially when cooked, and there’s really no need for added sugar.
However, I like my desserts rich rather than sweet (I find 90% cacao chocolate perfectly sweet, for example). If you like your desserts very sweet, then you might want to go ahead and add a tablespoon of honey to the melted butter mixture.
Can you keep leftover baked pears?
Yes. You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently, in the microwave on 50% power.
Reviews of this recipe
I love finding reviews of my recipes on Pinterest! The good reviews make me happy, of course. And the not so good reviews make me aware of issues in my recipes and enable me to improve them. For this recipe, Amy says:
Delicious! We didn’t add whipped cream, so it was a yummy guilt-free dessert. 🙂
More tasty baked fruit recipes
In addition to baked pears, I love making this wonderful recipe for sugar-free baked apple slices. It’s one of my kids’ favorite afternoon snacks in the winter. And another good one is this easy and healthy recipe for delicious apple crisp.
- 4 large pears, 2 lb. total weight, firm (don’t use ripe pears)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 X 13 baking dish.
- Peel the pears, halve and core them. You can core them with a melon baller, with a measuring spoon, or with a paring knife (be careful if using a knife). I like to leave the stems on – they make for a pretty presentation. But you can cut them off if you wish.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Brush the pears with the butter mixture on both sides.
- Arrange the pears in the prepared baking dish, cut side down. Bake them until fork-tender, about 30 minutes per side, basting every 15 minutes with the pan juices.
- Brush the pears one last time with the pan juices and serve warm.