Last week at our local farmers’ market, I made an impulse buy on pears. I think pears are delicious, but it has been a very long time since I have eaten any fresh pears! The last time I bought some, they were nowhere near ripe, so I left them out on the counter, and they rotted rather than ripened.
So, I thought I would give it another shot. I bought a basket of pears, assuming my husband liked them. He likes almost every food there is! Turns out that raw pears are on his short list of foods he dislikes.
He said he likes canned pears, baked pears, and pear sauce. I had to get a little creative.
For tonight’s dinner, I decided to bake two pears so that we could both enjoy them.
I began by peeling the pears and cutting off the top and bottom.
I then sliced them in half and scooped out the core and seeds. This would have been much easier with something like a melon baller, but I do not have one, so I just took a paring knife and twirled it around in a circle to get the middle out. It was not ideal, but it worked!
I placed the pears, cut side up, into a glass baking dish that I had sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray.
I cut one Tablespoon of butter into four squares and put one square into the core hole of each pear.
I sprinkled some cinnamon all over the pears. I did not measure, I just sprinkled until the pears were speckled and I thought it was enough from my tastes.
Then, I sprinkled some light brown sugar on top of each pear. Again, I did not measure, just estimated what looked good.
My oven was already preheated to 400 degrees, since I was cooking chicken and vegetables for dinner. I placed the pears in the oven, and set the timer for 20 minutes. When I took them out, I stabbed them with a fork. They were a little soft, but not soft enough for my liking. So I slid them back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
When I took them out, they were a little softer, so I called them done. One of the pears was not as ripe as it probably should have been, so it was still a little firm. They could have stood another 5 minutes in the oven, but I was too excited to eat them!
They had a little bit of a sweet taste, but the spice of the cinnamon cut through the sugar. The texture of warm pears is just delightful! This is a dish that really warms your whole body through! (I realize that it is summer here, so warming dishes are not really the best choice right now, but it really was tasty!)
I encourage you to give this recipe a try! You can even do some of your own experiments if you’d like! Maybe try a little allspice, nutmeg, glove, or even ginger! I would love to hear about it!
Are there any fruits you like to bake? Please feel free to comment! I would love to hear about your fruit baking experiences!