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Roasted Pears (with Balsamic and Honey)

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Roasted pears with balsamic and honey. Only four ingredients, but such a delight!

Caramelized roasted pears with balsamic and honey, a super easy to make dessert.

Roasted pears with balsamic and honey

I didn’t even plan on making this recipe, it was not something that immediately caught my eye while perusing Silvena Rowe’s cookbook (Amazon affiliate link). It was a perfect fit as I had bought some rather under-ripe pears the day before and I always have butter, honey, and balsamic vinegar in the house.

So yesterday, after we finished lunch (we had these delicious German Meatballs or Königsberger Klopse again) I told my family to give me another half an hour, and then they could have dessert. A pear dessert!

Roasted pears with balsamic and honey

What do you need?

Best pears for baking:

  • Slightly underripe and large ones. This recipe is perfect for using those stone-hard pears we all buy from time to time. The roasting process softens them without making them mushy and the added honey makes them sweeter.
  • Don’t use very ripe fruit, it will definitely get mushy.
  • The best ones for baking would be Bartlett, Anjou, or Bosc. They all retain their shape and flavor when baked or cooked.

Other ingredients: unsalted butter, honey (the clear, runny kind), and balsamic vinegar.

You will also need a cast-iron or another oven-proof heavy-bottomed pan.

Roasted pears with balsamic and honey

How to roast pears?

  • I did not change the recipe much, there was not much room for change, everything is so simple.
  • What I did though was to reduce the butter quantity, I only used 2 teaspoons instead of 2 tablespoons. I did not miss the extra butter at all, the pears were perfectly delicious with less butter.
  • Use unsalted butter.
  • And I only use 1 heaped teaspoon of honey per half a pear because I was not in the mood of measuring half a cup of honey.

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven.
  • Halve and core the fruit carefully, but leave the peel on.
  • Melt the butter in the pan.
  • Place the pears with the cut side facing down in the pan and saute them for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the pan to the hot oven and roast for 20 minutes.
  • Flip in the pan, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and roast for further 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, drizzle each half with honey and let rest for a few minutes.
  • You can garnish with a small thyme sprig, but that is not mandatory. It just looks nice.

Variations:

  • Sprinkle with chopped walnuts or almonds before drizzling with honey. The caramelized, roasted nuts really add lots of flavor. About 1 teaspoon per pear half should be fine.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.

Roasted pears with balsamic and honey

How to serve baked pears?

  • Serve warm with some of the pan juices and more honey, if you wish.
  • You can also add a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top or on the side.
  • Drizzle with Greek yogurt or serve with strained yogurt.

What to do with leftovers?

  • You will probably not have any, but just in case.
  • Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • I chop the leftovers and serve them over oatmeal, porridge, or muesli.
  • They are not suitable for freezing.

We all love these simple caramelized pears, there is no doubt about that, roasted fruit is something so easy to make, yet so delicious.

I do have my fun roasting fruit, just have a look at these Honey Pears with Greek Yogurt or these Roasted Cherries with Strained Yogurt, but each time I make roasted fruit I think I actually don’t do it often enough. Roasting fruit is one of the easiest to make and healthiest desserts I can think of.

And how about trying roasted pears in a savory way?

More quick desserts:

shiny roasted pears halves in skillet

Roasted Pears with Balsamic and Honey

Yield: 2-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Roasted pears with balsamic and honey. Only four ingredients, but such a delight!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Halve and core the pears. Don't peel them.
  3. Melt butter in a cast-iron skillet or another heavy-bottomed, ovenproof pan.
  4. Cook: Add the pears, the cut side facing down, and saute them for two minutes on the stove.
  5. Roast: Place the pan in the oven and roast the pears for 20 minutes.
  6. Flip the pear halves and drizzle the balsamic vinegar on the pears. Continue roasting for further 5 minutes.
  7. Drizzle: Remove the pan from the oven, drizzle each pear with some honey and let the pears rest for another few minutes.
  8. Serve warm with some of the pan juices and more honey, if you wish.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 half
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

 

Louise Pare

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Delicious with some added lavender goat cheese.

Adina

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Sounds great!

Antoinette

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

So delicious and so easy to prepare too. I’ve made this dish a couple of times as an after dinner treat and loved it!

Adina

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

I am so happy to hear it, Antoinette. Thank you for the feedback.

No Name

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Your site was very difficult and frustrating to navigate. You don't have a jump to recipe, so you have to scroll down, through tons of advertisements!! If I hadn't committed to having roasted pears, I would have given up the first time on your site.

mjskitchen

Monday 12th of October 2020

These look fabulous! We're getting some great pears this season, so I'll have to pick some up next time I hit the market because I can already taste how good these are going to be. Can't wait!

Juan Maciel

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Those look amazing, probably would be great with a side of vanilla ice cream

Adina

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Thank you, Juan. Vanilla ice cream would be great!

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