Roasted Pears


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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.

Here goes:

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).

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