Baked Pears Recipe
A must-try hearty autumn dessert
If there is one seasonal dessert you definitely need to try, it’s the baked pears recipe. As soon as I saw the tree full of beautiful green pears, I planned to try this dessert. To say the least – it is absolutely delicious and perfect to compliment the autumn colors and atmosphere. And if the pears themselves were not thematic enough, you can infuse them with amazing spices.
The autumn fragrance
Prior to baking the pears I boiled them briefly in a spicy water. It’s just another touch of the fall season added to the recipe. Homegrown pears and apples, pastry, cinnamon, cloves and some star anise. And for some extra scent some vanilla-infused baking sugar. This is definitely an amazingly smelling recipe without the spices disturbing the simple flavour of the pears and apples. To make the baked pears recipe you can make your own pastry or buy already made puff pastry. Here is how I made mine!
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Baked Pears Recipe
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 15 – 20 minutes
- homemade pastry / ready-made puff pastry
- 3 pears and 3 apples roughly the same size
- 2 tbl spoons of honey + extra teaspoon for each serving
- 1 teaspoon of cloves
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole pieces of star anise
- vanilla pod/vanilla extract/vanilla-infused sugar
- lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 egg (alternatively just water or a drop of milk)
- whipped or soured cream for serving
Put together 200g of plain white flour and about 80 – 100g of softened (room temperature) butter. Work the ingredients inside the bowl by hand until you begin to form a chunk of dough. Add approx. 2 tbl spoons of water throughout for extra moisture. You can work with the pastry right away or leave it to rest for a couple of hours in a cool place. It is ideal for both sweet desserts and salty meat pies.
Infusing the fruit with spices
Before cutting the pastry and baking the fruit, first boil it briefly in a spice-infused water. Peel all apples and pears gently, cut them in half and remove the seeds in the middle. Put 1/2 l of water into a sauce pan, add the spices, sugar (or vanilla), lemon juice and honey and bring to boil. When the water is boiling, add all the fruit halves in for about 3 minutes. Take them out and allow to cool down.
Cutting out the shapes
Roll the pastry into a flat large flat pizza and place the halves on top approx. 5 cm from each other. Then take a sharp knife and cut out the shapes of pears and apples. Make sure that each half has around an inch of pastry around it. To add extra embellishment cut some spear leaves and add them to each pear and apple.
To bake the pears and apples, place the pastry shapes on a baking tray. Then coat the pastry with a swipe of beaten egg with a drop of water or milk. Pre-heat the oven at 160 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes.
Serve hot with vanilla ice cream and roasted walnuts. Alternatively, serve cool with a drizzle of honey, some whipped or soured cream and a pinch of cinnamon. De-licious!!