I first had baked pear for dessert at Alison Golden‘s house several years ago, and I was recently reminded of it again when I had a similar dessert at a restaurant in Porto, Portugal.
Baked pears are actually really easy to make but they are a fancy Paleo dessert that will wow people. Most baked pear recipes use autumn or winter spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, but I found the addition of ginger really helped to make it an anytime dessert and keep it AIP-friendly. There’s a very light spiciness that enhances the sweetness from the pears and the honey coating.
Many baked pear recipes are also made using pear halves, but it’s way easier if you don’t have to cut up the pear and hollow out the core. (I like keeping recipes easy!)
A few notes about this baked pear recipe:
This baked pear recipe doesn’t require much preparation, but it does need a full hour in the oven for the pears to get properly soft. I’ve seen some recipes (like Jamie Oliver’s) require less time in the oven, but I find the pears taste so much better when they’re tender and soft (unless of course you’re using super ripe and soft pears to begin with). So, if you’re making this for dinner, make sure you start it well in advance. You can of course, also serve this dish chilled instead of straight out of the oven. That’s how the restaurant served the baked pear dish I ordered.
You can double or triple this recipe very easily – just double or triple the ingredients.
This recipe is both Paleo and AIP-friendly (Paleo autoimmune protocol), but it’s also a fancy dessert that’s often served at upscale restaurants, so it’s perfect if you want to impress your family or guests!