Baked pears make the perfect fall dessert! These are roasted in wine with butter and vanilla and either drizzled with honey or brown sugar.
An easy and elegant dessert that everyone loves!
Every fall, or anytime pears are on sale, I make this simple roasted pears. I've made it for so long that I have no idea where I originally found the recipe.
We always keep a small bottle of dessert wine in the fridge. When you reduce it a bit, it makes a lovely syrupy sauce all on it's own. Here in this recipe it makes a flavorful sweet glaze for these baked pears.
You can use this same basic recipe with any fruit that you might like to roast. I think apples would be lovely, even peaches.
- Pears - use whatever is on sale and are nice and ripe. Save some and make this Easy Pear Crisp too!
- Dessert Wine - If you don't have a dessert wine, any dry white wine will work, or even better use one of your pears to make this ready in 24 hours, Spiced Pear Liqueur. If you don't want to use alcohol, you can substitute a fruit juice, like white grape juice.
- Butter - unsalted.
- Vanilla bean - or ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Honey or Brown Sugar - Brown sugar provides a deeper flavor and a darker color, honey is lighter in flavor.
You're going to love how easy it is to make this dessert. No crusts, no muss, just lovely simple pears.
While your oven is preheating, you peel and core four pears. There are two ways that I like to core pears, one using an apple corer which creates a long tunnel in the pear, like I've done with these pears. A little bit more elegant, I think, is using a melon baller to scoop out the core.
Next you grease the bottom of a roasting pan with butter and then dot the rest of the butter on the pears.
Then you drizzle with honey or sprinkle with brown sugar and pour a sweet dessert wine (or white grape juice) into the pan.
Let roast and about halfway through spoon some of the sauce over the top and continue roasting. At the halfway point you can also turn them over if you want the tops to get a little more browned.
You can serve these with ice cream or just a drizzle of regular cream. Sometimes I go even a little more decadent and drizzle some chocolate or caramel sauce on top to serve.
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Roasted Pears with Wine and Honey
- 4 pears peeled and cored
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup sweet dessert wine
- 2 tablespoons honey for drizzling
- cream or ice cream for serving
- ½ vanilla bean
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Grease bottom of small roasting pan with butter. Cut remaining butter up into little bits. Place pears cut side down into dish and dot with the remaining butter. Drizzle a little of the honey over each pear. Pour the wine in the dish.
- Add the vanilla bean or stir in the vanilla extract.
- Roast for about 30 minutes and then baste with the juice. Continue roasting for another 30 minutes.
- Serve with ice cream or cream.
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2021.