Baked d’Anjou Pears Recipe
This simple yet elegant dessert is as beautiful on the plate as it is delicious to your taste buds. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or better yet, a dollop of mascarpone cheese sweetened with powdered sugar, and you will never have leftovers!
- 4 d’Anjou pears
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 325º F.
- Wash pears well under cold water. Peeling them is not necessary but won’t ruin the dish if you are so inclined. Slice off the bottom of the pears and stand them up in a pie pan or small baking dish, leaving some space between each pear so that they cook evenly.
- In a small saucepan, combine water, brown sugar, and maple syrup and heat just enough to dissolve syrup. Mix in spices and pour mixture over top of the pears.
- Bake for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until pears are tender all the way through, basting them with the syrup every fifteen minutes or so.
- Serve warm on their own or with really cold vanilla ice cream.