Fall is here and so are the pears. Our pear tree is several years away from producing, but the Farmer’s Market is loaded with pears. I made one of our favorite desserts last night. The original recipe came from the “Splendid Table” American Public Radio show and website, but I have altered it to remove most of the sugar and use a natural sweetener.
Heat oven to 400. Put 2 TB. of butter into a roasting pan and melt it in the oven. use pears of your choice. use as many as you want. for our family of three I used 6 pears. a little firm is better. Cut, core, and peel them into quarters of halves.
Place them into the heated roasting pan with the butter. Add either the seeds from a whole vanilla bean, or a very healthy splash of vanilla extract. I also add a sprinkle of pie spice when I want. Add 3 TB of honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar and a splash of lime (or lemon) juice. Toss to coat the pears in this glaze.
Roast the pears as long as you want. I did about 15 minutes. You can see in the pictures that they have browned (carmelized) a bit. Just don’t roast so long they become mush. I have also made it with a splash of Frangelico or Amaretto. Also very good! Well what wouldn’t be good without Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur).