Tender and juicy Baked Pears flavored with vanilla and honey. A delicious and healthy breakfast or dessert.
Happy 2021, friends! How are you? I have fully recovered from the Christmas cookie/cheeseboard/red wine coma that takes over around the the holidays and I am ready to be back in my kitchen whipping up some new recipes. Up first: these warm and cozy Baked Pears!
If you love pears (like me!), this recipe is for you. And for those of you that are underwhelmed by pears, this recipe is also for you. Why? Because, I’m pretty sure we can all get on board with warm and juicy fruit baked with vanilla honey butter. Yum!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Ease: This recipe involves only a couple minutes of hands on time, and very little prep.
- Short ingredient list: Only five ingredients are needed. Pears, honey, butter, vanilla, apple juice.
- Flavor: Sweet and juicy pears topped with an incredible combination of vanilla, honey, and butter.
- Versatility: These Baked Pears can be served for breakfast or dessert.
What pears to use
You can use any type of pears for this recipe. My personal favorite is Bartlett, but use whatever you have. It is important that the pears are ripe but still slightly firm. If the pears are over-ripe they will get too soft when you bake them. If the pears are are hard and under-ripe they will take too long to bake and they won’t be juicy.
Serving and storage
Serving: These are best served warmed shortly after baking. If serving for breakfast I like to top the baked pears with yogurt and granola. If serving for dessert top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheated as needed (I reheat them in the microwave). I find that they lose their shape a bit after being refrigerated and reheated.
More healthy breakfasts
- 4 ripe-firm pears
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or seeds from ¼ of a vanilla bean
- ½ cup apple juice, approximately
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Halve the pears and scoop out the seeds (a melon baller works great for this). Cut off a tiny bit off the bottom of each pear so that they sit flat. Place the pears cut side up in a baking dish (I use a 9x13).
- In a small bowl stir together butter, honey and vanilla. If necessary you can heat the honey for a few seconds in the microwave to make it easier to stir.
- Spoon the honey butter over the pears. Pour apple juice into the bottom of the baking dish (there should be a thin layer of juice at the bottom, add a little more juice or water, if needed). Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and carefully spoon some of the juices from the bottom of the pan over the pears. Continue cooking, uncovered, until the pears are tender, about 10 more minutes.
- Serve warm with yogurt, granola, or vanilla ice cream. I like to spoon some of the extra juices from the bottom of the pan over each serving.