Autumn Oven Poached Pears

Summary

Yield
Servings
Prep time30 minutes
Recipe TypesGluten Free Snacks and Treats Vegetarian Vegan sides

Description

Warm spiced pears that work wonderfully as a first course

Ingredients

2 ripe pears (bosc work well) (Unpeeled, cut lengthwise, cored)
2Tgranulated brown sugar
2tbspbutter
1⁄2corange or cranberry juice (more or less)
1tpumpkin pie spice (more or less to taste)

Instructions

 Preheat oven to 375.  Butter shallow 8"x8" baking dish and sprinkle bottom of dish with brown sugar.

Place pears in dish, cut side down. Dot with butter, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.

Pour OJ or other juice around pears.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until pears are tender and juice has reduced a bit.

 

To serve:

Option 1: Put a dollup of vanilla yogurt on a fancy plate and place pear, cut side down, on top.  Spoon juice around. Garnish with sliced strawberries, kiwi, blueberries and fresh mint.

Option 2: Place pear on plate, cut side up, and spoon juice around. Fill the depression in the pear with a teaspoon of Mascarpone that has been flavored with a little powdered sugar and almond extract.  Top with toasted, slivered almonds.

 

Notes

This recipe works great for peaches as well.

 

Country Girl's picture
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These sound delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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I am making these now and they've been in the oven for 50 minutes and have just started to soften up. Not sure if I'm doing something wrong or what.

Will top with blue cheese in the morning and heat up in the toaster oven to melt the cheese. I hope. Eye-wink

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Hmmm, mine never take more than 30 minutes and often less. I use partially ripe pears....not rock hard.  How did the blue cheese work out?

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Haven't gotten that far yet. I'm thinking next time I'm going to use cranberry goat cheese, tho. (That came to me in the middle of the night!)

The pears were just picked so maybe they were too hard. They're nice and soft this morning.

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I made this for our guests this morning.  It was great!  I used orange juice and as a topping I mixed  plain greek yogurt w/powdered sugar & almond extract. Sprinkled w/ pumpkin spice & surrounded by the liquid.  It looked good & all the plates came back clean!

In the past (and we're new to this) we had not made the fruit a separate breakfast course, but today we had our biggest group yet.  So, it really helped us with staging to be able to give them this to eat while we worked on putting together their main entree.  Thanks for this!

 

- Dena

 

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You are most welcome!  Glad it worked out for you....it is one of my favorites. 

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This is a great go-to fruit starter in cooler months and when pears are inexpensive.  My recipe includes baking with dried cranberries rather than the fresh fruit at the end.  Served in a compote with the reduced juice, some kind of white garnish (yogurt, whipped cream, etc) and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Guests thought it was really elegant & it actually was super easy for a big crowd!

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 There are so many easy and wonderful variations on this poached fruit.  Served with unsweetened Greek Yogurt, and sprinkled with nuts it would even make a nice, light, main course.

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