I am on a pear thing… it started because I wanted to do a pear butter,
which I have not gotten around to do. But I learned to make last year these poached pears and I decided to take the pear desserts a few steps further.
This recipe is even simpler than the Poached Pears I posted recently… less ingredients always scream easier to me. The basic recipe for these roasted pears was given to me by Diane Carlson, as part of the Conscious Gourmet retreat I attended. I decided to try some embellishments of my own and they ended up being really good combinations… check them out. I love the first photo – my pear had a belly button – sooooo cute!!
Let’s start with roasting the pears…
2 Bartlett pears – ripe but firm the juice of 1/2 a lemon 1 1/2 tbs maple syrup
Pre-heat oven to 450F.
Peel and cut the pears in half, vertically. Core them using a melon baller – it’s the best tool for this.
Place pears cut side down on a glass casserole dish and drizzle the maple syrup and lemon juice. I rub the pears a bit trying them to be coated all over with the syrup/lemon juice liquid.
Roast in oven for about 45 minutes. I noticed that if pears are nicely ripen, the time can be cut to 25-30 minutes. Just roast them until they’re cooked but still have their shape.
I think 1/2 to 1 whole pear per person is a fine portion - so feel free to double, triple or cuadruple this recipe as you need.
Now we play with the accompaniments…
ROASTED PEARS with ALMOND PRALINE
Serve the roasted pears with the sauce the maple syrup created in the baking dish.
Sprinkle Almond Praline around it.
Note: the almond praline does not need to look this dark… I walked away from the kitchen and had to live with the consequences.
ROASTED PEARS with BLUE CHEESE and HAZELNUT PRALINE
Serve the roasted pears cut side up and in the indentation place some crumbled mild blue cheese. I used this cheese…
Drizzle some of the sauce created by the maple syrup and sprinkle some Hazelnut Praline on the side.
This version also is screaming to be served for company… it tasted as if I was eating in a restaurant. Scrumptious… Need proof??