Hot Buttered Roasted Pears with Vanilla and Black Pepper is a simple way to dress up pears and let their delicate flavor shine.
I think I say this every season (hello, summer cherries), but fall is one of my favorite seasons for fruit. Apples, pears, and pomegranate are reason enough for me to put fall at the top of my list.
I like keeping dessert ideas fresh by finding new simple ways to use fruit. One of my favorite desserts is a ripe, sweet, juicy pear with a wedge of blue cheese. The flavors complement each other amazingly. I’ll admit, sometimes a crisp, cobbler, or pie is in order, but I find that if fruit is at peak season, you can keep it even simpler than that (and honestly, I don’t really have the patience to be much of a pie-maker, lol).
It doesn’t get much easier than slicing pears in half and roasting them with butter and a super simple honey syrup, right? And look how elegant they are, at least I think so, in a sort-of rustic way, lol.
Butter adds a richness that complements the silky mouthfeel of roasted pear, and pear’s delicate floral flavor is accentuated by vanilla and black pepper. This is a very surprising dessert that somehow just works.
What’s your favorite fall fruit?
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 4 ripe red pears, washed
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 8 pieces
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Whisk together the water, honey, lemon juice, vanilla, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl.
- Cut the pears in half and scoop out the round part of the core (I use a melon baller or tiny scoop for this); you can cut out the stem or leave it intact if you prefer.
- Arrange the pears cut-side-up in an 8 by 8-inch or 9 by 9-inch baking dish. Place 1 piece of butter in the well in each pear and then drizzle the honey mixture on top.
- Bake until the pears are soft and fragrant, about 30 minutes. Serve.