Pear season needs more love. Start with these tender, sweet honey walnut roasted pears. These easy baked pears make a simple breakfast or elegant dessert.
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Eating fruit for dessert sounds like something a dietitian would tell you to do.
I usually don’t say things like that. But I can honestly say that this would make a suitable dessert or easy breakfast – maybe the latter is an easier sell. No matter what, this recipe is a winner.
To make this recipe, you only need a few ingredients. I used honey but maple syrup would work and also make this recipe vegan. I mixed room temperature white honey with cinnamon and vanilla for what looks like caramel.
Once that’s mixed and the pears are sliced and seeded, this recipe is ready for a hot oven.
Tips for Perfect Roasted Pears
- Slice a small sliver off the round side of the pear half and eat it. This tiny step will let the pears lay flat to hold all that yummy sauce!
- Space the pears at least 2 inches apart on the pan so that the pears have room to roast not steam and get soggy.
- Line the pan with parchment. Unless of course, you don’t mind scrubbing caramelized honey from it.
Which pears are best for baking?
For this recipe, I chose Bosc pears because they have a firm texture that stands up well to baking. Plus these are the ones I usually buy it’s also the ones I had in the fridge when I decided to test this recipe. Anjou and Concorde pears are also firm varieties that would work well in baking. If you go with a softer variety, you might be able to adjust the time down or just try a different cooking method.Make these Honey Walnut Roasted Pears for breakfast or an easy, healthy dessert! #pears #healthydessert
Roasted pears are best served fresh – the same day. However, you can seal and store them in the refrigerator for a couple days. Just make sure you don’t allow too much liquid from the baked pears to accumulate in the storage container. They make the perfect topping for oats like I did here.
TIP: To get the “candied” caramelized finish shown in the oatmeal picture, place the pears on the parchment, cut side down.
Pear season needs more love. It goes through next month so there’s still time to make this recipe. Be sure to pin this recipe for later and tag me on Instagram when you make it!
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Honey Walnut Roasted Pears
- 2 ripe pears (Bosc, Anjou, or Concorde)
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of kosher salt
- ¼ cup ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Slice pears in half. Scoop out the seeds. Cut a sliver off the bottom of each pear half so that they will lay flat. Place pears on the pan about 2 inches apart, main cut side up.
- In a small bowl, stir the honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Spoon half the honey mixture over the pears evenly.
- Roast about 25 minutes, until pears are easily pierced with a fork but not mushy. Sprinkle baked pears with the walnuts and reserved honey mixture before serving.