Maple Pecan Roasted Pears scream “Comforting winter dessert!” to me (often on a weekly basis). They are warm and maple-y and cinnamon-y and just good. And on top of it, they’re pretty healthy too. When you can squeeze a serving of fruit in with your dessert, I’d say that’s a win! The pears are free of refined sugar and topped with just a drizzle of maple syrup.
I don’t entertain a lot, but when I do maple pecan roasted pears make an impressive dessert. They are ridiculously easy to make and the quick amount of prep work can be done ahead of time. Twenty minutes before dessert is going to be served, I pop these in the oven and they’re ready to go. I always serve these with coconut whipped cream as an extra special treat.
Speaking of entertaining…I think all of my weird dietary restrictions are getting in the way of any potential social life we may have. Do any of you with dietary restrictions ever get invited anywhere for dinner?! We rarely do. Sigh. I am beginning to suspect its because people don’t have a clue what to feed me. If you’re reading this and you want to invite me to dinner (wink wink) here’s some ideas: taco bar, rice bowls with beans and veggies, soup, salads, even a good old veggie burger for goodness sake. Oh, and for dessert you can make me these maple pecan roasted pears.
Tips for preparing Maple Pecan Roasted Pears
Maple Pecan Roasted Pears come together quickly, especially with these tips:
- I recommend using ripe pears, but if all you have on hand are unripe pears just cook them 10-15 minutes longer. They’ll soften slightly and are still delicious!
- After you’ve halved the pears lengthwise use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds in the middle of the pear. If you don’t have a melon baller, a small spoon will work too.
- Cut a small flat part of the peel off the back of each pear so that it will sit flat in the dish while roasting.
- Use a mini mesh strainer to gently shake the cinnamon and/or ginger evenly over the pears. This will assure the cinnamon is evenly dispersed and there aren’t clumps anywhere on the pear, because nobody wants to bite into a big pile of cinnamon!
Its no accident that my last post was coconut whipped cream…so make these two simple recipes together and ENJOY!
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