Do you know how wonderful a mouthful of soft, creamy pears, hot and drizzled with a spiced, mapley, buttery syrup is? I mean, really?!? It’s so simple, but absolutely amazing. My children especially like it with a scoop of ice cream, and for Christmas dessert I made some cinnamon ice cream using maple syrup as a sweetener that went with it perfectly! But it’s also good all by itself, or perhaps even drizzled with some cream!
This recipe is pretty much just like the one on Kitchen Stewardship, but I’ve upped the butter and maple syrup because I didn’t think there was enough sauce in the original recipe. I also did mine in a cast iron skillet, and they were perfect!
Peel about 4 ripe pears and cut them in half. Then, take a spoon and scoop out the seeded center and the fibrous stem part.
Meanwhile, in a large cast iron skillet or other oven-safe pan, melt 4 Tbsp of butter .
Add in about 1/4 cup of maple syrup, preferably grade B, and the spices.
Let it cook until bubbly.
Then place the pears in, face-down.
Let it cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes to caramelize the bottoms of the pears, and then place the entire pan in the oven for 45 minutes or until a fork pokes through them easily.
Serve drizzled with the sauce. If desired, top with ice cream, whipped cream, or a drizzle of heavy cream.
NOTE: If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can still make these but the bottoms won’t caramelize as nicely. You can start the pears on the stove top, and then transfer the pears and sauce to an oven-safe baking dish to do the baking part.
- 4 ripe pears
- 4 Tbsp butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Peel the pears, slice them in half, and scoop out the seeded center and tough stemmy parts with a spoon.
- Meanwhile, in a cast iron skillet melt the butter and add in the syrup. Let cook until bubbly, and then stir in the spices and vanilla.
- Place the pears, sliced side down, in the skillet and let cook on medium for 3-5 minutes to caramelize the bottoms
- Place the whole pan in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a fork pierces the pears easily.
- Serve hot, drizzled with the sauce. If desired, top with ice cream, whipped cream, or a drizzle of heavy cream.