SPICE BAKED PEARS
I think this may be a new favourite dessert. I would usually bake apples as a fruit-type dessert but the abundance of delicious pears had me thinking about a pear dessert. And I need to mention that all my desserts MUST be simple. I do love sweets but I really dislike making them so if you are like me, this is the perfect dessert to make. Simple, pretty quick and super tasty because let’s face it, not everyone is great at everything and my dessert skills leave a lot to be desired. That’s why this is a foolproof dessert. Better yet (and I really love this reason) they look fancy! Yep, they taste and look like you're serving up some Martha Stewart type of thing….trust me, once you plate it, you’ll see. So yes, this dessert is proof that winter desserts don’t have to be time consuming and complicated. With only 8 pantry items, these would be the perfect ending to a dinner party. You can prepare them before the guests arrive and pop them in the oven to bake, 30 minutes before dessert is served!
Even though I host numerous amounts of dinner parties (which I must admit, I am beginning in my older years to be tired of hosting) I also make these as an afternoon tea dish especially when I have my mum or siblings pop in for a cuppa. And though you may think it’s too much for afternoon tea, its the only thing you need to have. Most of the time I take out sweets and biscuits and fruit but this covers it all. Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, coconut yogurt or some fresh berries, this is sure to be enjoyed by all. Enjoy x
Preparation and Cooking Time: 40 minutes
4 large green williams pears
1/2 cup gluten free organic oats
1/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup organic honey + 2 tbs for drizzling
1 tbs melted coconut oil + 1 tbs melted coconut oil for brushing
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground all spice
2 tsp coconut sugar
(I used ‘FigTree Food Co.’ Coconut Blossom Sugar with Chai Cashew Dukkah)
Preheat oven to 180C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
Wash and halve the pears core them. I used a melon baller. Cut a thin slice off the back of the fruit to create a flat surface for them to sit. Place onto baking tray.
Using the 1 tbs of melted coconut oil, brush it on all surfaces of the pears, including the skin. Sprinkle the coconut sugar on the top surface of the fruit (not in the core as the mixture will be scooped into there)
In a bowl combine the oats, nuts, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and all spice. Mix well and scoop into cored parts of the fruit.
Place into oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, take out and drizzle honey over each fruit with the extra 2 tbs and bake again for a further 10 minutes.
Serve immediately with either some blueberries, GF vanilla ice cream or coconut yogurt.