Pear Dessert Recipes
While the pear may not be the first fruit that comes to mind when you consider preparing a dessert dish, it should be noted that the pear can be used to create some very interesting and unusual dessert delicacies. While fruits such as cherries, apples and peaches may be much more common dessert baking fare, I was able to find some great pear dessert recipes that I would like to share here.
Public domain photo courtesy USDA/Keith Weller
At about 100 calories each, pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber and are less allergenic than many other fruits, and pear juice is therefore often used as the first juice introduced to infants.
Spiced Baked Pears with Cherries and Chocolate Sauce
Here is a great pear dessert that is quite simple to prepare. This dish should take less than 45 minutes to make.
Ingredients and Preparation:
6 small green Anjou pears
1/4 cup Morello cherries (a slightly sour German cherry)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup juice from a jar of Morello cherries
1 T agave
1 t grated ginger
1 t cinnamon
Pour this mixture into a baking pan over the pears, peeled, cored and halved. Cover the pan with foil and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.
While they are baking until soft and easily pricked with a fork, make the chocolate sauce:
1/2 c non-dairy milk
2 oz chopped chocolate
2 T cocoa powder
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t ground ginger
1/2 t ground cinnamon
Heat the soy creamer or non-dairy milk until just steaming.
Add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
To serve this dessert, take two warm pear halves and plate them with some of the sauce that they've cooked in. Settle a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream next to them and drizzle the thick chocolate sauce over top.
**Spiced Baked Pears with Cherries and Chocolate Sauce Creative Commons recipe courtesy Emilie
Do you like pears?
Pear Dumpling Recipe
Here is a slightly more complex dessert. This recipe is similar to apple dumplings but utilizes the pear.
Pear Dumpling Sauce Ingredients:
1 Cup of water
1 Cup of sugar
1/8 Teaspoon of cinnamon
1/8 Teaspoon of nutmeg
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
Pear Dumpling Ingredients:
2 Cups enriched flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt
2/3 Cups shortening
1/2 Cup milk
Cinnamon, nutmeg and pat of butter or margarine
9 x 13 baking dish
First thing to do is to make the pear or apple dumpling sauce. Put the sugar, water, cinnamon and nutmeg into a small pan. Bring it to a boil. Add butter or margarine and stir it until it is melted. Take off heat and set aside for later.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Put flour, baking powder and salt into bowl and mix it together.Add the shortening to the flour mixture. Mix it with a fork.Add the milk all at once and moisten the mixture. The dough will not look smooth.
Put the pear or apple dumpling dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough until it is big enough to make 6 pear dumplings.Each will be approximately a 6 inch square. One square for each pear dumpling.
I did not peel my pears as the skins are light in texture. But if you want you can peel yours. After you peel it cut your pear in half and core.
Put you pear on one of your 6 inch dough squares holding your pear halves together. Sprinkle with a little sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Put a dot of butter or margarine on top.
Take a little water and moisten the edges of the 6 inch square. Fold the corners to the center of the top of the pears. Pinch the dough together at the seams.
Put in the lightly greased baking dish about an inch apart if possible. Pour the sauce you made earlier over the top of the pear or apple dumplings. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
**Pear Dumpling Creative Commons recipe courtesy Angelgirlpj
Pear Bundt Cake
This easy-to-make pear bundt cake is relatively low in fat. The pear pieces are quite moist and blend in with the cake very well.
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pear sauce (unsweetened apple sauce is fine)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 - 2 cups peeled, diced pear (1 large or 2 small)
Preheat over to 350F. Grease a 10-inch bundt pan well, brushing it with melted butter or nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. It will look sandy when well-combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by pear/apple sauce and vanilla extract.
Working in two or three additions, alternately add flour mixture and milk to the sugar mixture. Stir only until just combined, then gently stir in the diced pears.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when gently pressed.
Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
**Pear Bundt Cake Creative Commons recipe courtesy Nicole Weston
Pear Pie Recipe
This easy-to-make pie recipe is a popular one. Like many fruit pies it is great hot out of the oven along side ice cream or topped with your favorite whipped cream.
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
5 cups peeled and sliced pears
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Blend together the sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and lemon rind in mixing bowl, set aside.
Arrange pears in layers in a 9 inch pastry lined pan, sprinkling the sugar mixture over each layer of pears. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Roll out remaining dough; cut slits to allow the steam to escape. Moisten rim of bottom crust. Place top crust over filling. Fold edge under bottom crust, pinching together to seal.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for an additional 35 to 40 minutes.
**Pear Pie recipe courtesy Allrecipes.com
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Crisp, crunchy, and sweet, pears are harvested from the middle of August through the end of November. They're great for snacking, as an addition to a salad, or partnered with a smooth blue cheese with a glass of wine.
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**Pear Pie recipe courtesy Allrecipes.com