This baked pear recipe is the answer for anyone wondering how on earth they'll be able to fit a dessert into their holiday dinner menu. Although my healthy vegan Christmas recipes sometimes use simple ingredients, there is elegance in simplicity. The flavors of cardamom and cinnamon add a really special flair to these pears, and we'll top them off with a sprinkle of walnuts.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Time from start to eating: 35 minutes
Makes 4 servings
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Hello and welcome to freshly served, healthy vegan recipes. I’m Heather and today I’m going to show you another Christmas recipe – baked pear recipe. You can find a whole series of Christmas delicious recipes including today’s at healthveganrecipes.net/christmas.
What I’m going to show you today is a dessert. I’m sure everyone is familiar with Christmas pies, Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes – I’d love that stuff and it is really special, but I often find that after Christmas dinner, I’ve eaten so much that I just cannot handle a rich dessert like that.
What I’m going to show today is an alternative. A light dessert of baked pears but I’m going to make it really flavorful, really delicious and still really-really especial for Christmas.
It’s going to start with a pear. So, like I said, we’re starting with our pear and cut it up and getting the core out, if you have one of those utensils that take the core out without cutting it – that’s awesome. You can also try to get the core out just by slicing the pears in half and quartered it and the get the core out like that.
Next, we need to get something to bake this pear with because if you out it in the oven on their own, they’re be good but they’re be dried out a little bit. If we add some moisture we can bring in not only flavor but also some liquid to help this pears bake more efficiently.
I’m going to start with some white wine and if you don’t like to use wine, that’s fine, you can use some extra juice or just water. Then you’re going to add some juice and you can use whatever type you like. We have some really delicious raspberry juice in the fridge so that’s what I’m going to use.
Orange juice is also nice. Apple cider would be lovely – pretty much any type of fruit juice that goes with pear would be nice, and then the quintessential Canadian ingredient, maple syrup. For those of you who are wondering, yes, I’m Canadian and I actually live in an apple syrup producing region, so this is fresh just from down the street.
Next, we’re going to add some seasonings here and I’m going to do cinnamon because I love cinnamon. You can mix it to the liquid, or you can sprinkle some onto the pears, that will make sure that the nice flavor gets right on there.
I’m just doing one pear here, but if you’re cooking for more, obviously use more pears. This next spice that I’m putting on here is cardamom, if you guys haven’t heard of it before, it’s usually in Indian spice mixes. It’s a really nice spice to use - it gives things a different flavor.
So, you want to make that up. I’m getting really technical and stir it with the knife, any utensil will work, then you’re going to pour this liquid right into the pears. Make sure that the top surface of the pears gets wet, get all that beautiful liquid out.
And then, you’re going to put this dish the oven. Any temperature really – simmer around 300 and 350 degrees is perfect. So, these pears have been in the oven for about 10 minutes, what I’m going to do is make sure that they get some liquid on top there, that they don’t dry out.
At this point, I’m also going to put some walnuts on top here. Walnuts get really nicely with pears – that’s the end of my bag and they’ll taste really nice if they get roasted in here with the pears.
Also make sure that they’re not sitting too much on top and then put this back in the oven for about another 10 minutes, or until the pears get nice and soft.
So, I hope you enjoy your bake pears or whatever you’re enjoying for Christmas dessert. You can find all of my Christmas recipes over at healthyveganrecipes.net/Christmas. I’m Heather, this is freshly served. Have a great holiday.