Baked pears, topped four ways

The sky is the limit for filling

Sometimes you don’t want to choose. Sometimes you don’t have to.

For pears

  • 2 pears, halved, with core removed
  • 6 tbsp marsala
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 3/4 tsp honey

Cut pears in half and remove core using a melon baller or teaspoon. Each pear half should have a deep enough cavity to hold the filling so if you need to scoop out a bit more pear, do so. Top each pear half and place in a pie pan. Pour marsala and water in the bottom of the pie pan and once each pear is filled and situated, drizzle the honey over the top of each pear, dividing evenly. Try to make sure the pears are flat in the pan so the topping won’t spill out. Bake at 375 until tender, about 45 minutes.

Topping #1

  • 2 tsp dark chocolate chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp marsala
  • tsp of chopped or slivered almonds

Mix chocolate with liquor. Place in one pear half. Top with almonds.

Topping #2

  • 1 tsp cranberry sauce or dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp feta
  • 1 tsp chopped pecans

Layer cranberries, feta and pecans in one pear half.

Topping #3 (aka the one Katherine got all to her raisin-loving self)

  • 1 tsp raisins
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together. Place in pear half.

Topping #4

  • 1 slice blue cheese or sharp cheddar (small enough to fit in the cavity with a bit of room)
  • 1 small amaretti cookie

Place cheese in one pear cavity. Sprinkle with crushed cookie.

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65 Responses to Baked pears, topped four ways

  1. oh my gosh, I haven’t baked pears in awhile! Gonna have to do this pronto.

  2. egg me on says:

    Four ways! Wow! I know you’re (probably) not supposed to pick favorites, but … #1 sounds amazing! #2 seems pretty good. And so does #4. (Sorry #3. Blame the raisins.)

  3. Yum, I vote for the chocolate and almond version!

  4. Wow, I’ve never seen something like this… Do you like just eat them… just like that…??
    Or is it a serve with ice-cream or french toast sort of a thing… ? πŸ™‚

  5. BrainRants says:

    All I can say is wow. I’ll sit in the corner with a tarp, you just hurl those at my open mouth… any of the toppings.

  6. JamieAnne says:

    These look pear-tic-ularly great!

  7. These look so good! We had poached pear for dessert one night in Italy served atop a cocoa-almond cake.

  8. Alli says:

    I can’t decide which would be my favourite so I will just have to try them all next fall….we are getting into berry season now.

  9. niasunset says:

    so delicious… Thank you dear Greg, with my love, nia

  10. Tandy says:

    chocolate for me please πŸ™‚

  11. I like how you made them four ways. What a great idea for a healthly dessert!

  12. crustabakes says:

    its definitely option 3 for me …

  13. Those look gorgeous – lots of great ideas for the pear season!

  14. rutheh says:

    Nice finish for a fall meal!

  15. Love topping # 2! You could even subtitute feta for blue cheese.. as you said- the sky’s the limit on this one. Fan ideas- my colleague at work just gave me a bag full of pears from his back garden!

  16. Ginger says:

    I’m kicking myself for not buying the pears yesterday! Mmmm #1 & #3 sound right up my ally! Great photo, as always πŸ™‚

  17. Works with apples, too!
    I still have a ton of them…

  18. Kelly says:

    Oh my. What a fabulous idea and all 4 versions look so tempting and delightful…particularly like the inclusion of nuts. Yummmm!!

  19. Lea Ann says:

    I’ll take the one with the blue cheese please.

  20. Ooh, the bleu cheese and amaretti sounds sinful. Then again, I love any pear dish that also drenched in marsala!

  21. spicegirlfla says:

    Oooh, I love variety! I’ll take one of each!! This would be fun for a dinner party and I’m thinking a mix of apples too! I’d be happy with every one of those toppings!

  22. Amy says:

    Who needs 3 other choices when there’s a chocolate option! πŸ˜‰ These all look awesome!

  23. ericascime says:

    Wow! I woke up this morning craving some kind of pear dessert and then found this in my inbox! It looks ridiculously tasty. Thank you πŸ™‚

  24. Yes! I still have some of my pretty little red pears sitting on the kitchen counter just begging to be cooked up! Love the variations!

  25. Judy says:

    Pears are so versatile and amazingly delicious with cheese. Pear season is upon us, gotta love it!

  26. Sissi says:

    I would have never thought of combining feta, cranberries and pears! The other toppings sound equally delicious, but this one is incredibly original!

  27. pursuitofhappieness says:

    These look divine! I’ve been thinking of ways to stuff apples too, we have so many around from the trees in our backyard!

  28. ceciliag says:

    Topping number two matches my diet! woo hoo! c

  29. Courtney says:

    Chocolate and almonds, for sure. But they all look great!

  30. Looks very good – which topping? A hard choice!

  31. nrhatch says:

    Which one did you and Catherine like best? (I know you won’t say, “the one with raisins”).

    • It was a tie between the chocolate and the cranberry for me. Katherine really liked the chocolate. She was worried it’d melt out, but it didn’t. We had a really aged cheddar with the amaretti and would go less sharp. (Sharp is fine or we wouldn’t have recommended it, but this is like a 2-year aged one we got in NY. The amaretti toasted wonderfully.)

    • nrhatch says:

      Thanks, Greg. I would love crushed amaretti and pears . . . with a bit of whipped cream.

  32. My mother is in love with this post. She loves pears.. I mean loves them. She can’t wait to try this out. She told me why i didn’t comment on this post yet LOL

  33. Wow, Greg, would you serve all three to one person? I’m loving #4 with the blue cheese. Yum!

  34. rsmacaalay says:

    Great idea of doing it in 4 ways, we usually do this with pizza now you gave me a new idea. Lovely recipe.

  35. k.m. says:

    These look great, I have some mealy pears that could use a makeover. Which type of pear did you use, or do you think any kind should work?

  36. I would have all 4! Can’t decide my favourite topping!

  37. AHHa finally something to do with a bottle of Marsala a relative left in my liquor cabinet last Christmas. YUM!

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  39. Ed Williams says:

    once again I bow to the Rufus for giving me something new to try! Excellent!

  40. ChgoJohn says:

    Boy did you ever reel me in. I read the 1st recipe and thought it was the best thing ever. Then the 2nd came along and it was better. The 3rd better still and the 4th had me wanting to go out and get a pear. Great recipes and brilliant presentation!

  41. Kristy says:

    Mmmmm! These look good. We made something along these lines recently and just loved it. I’m going to try this method and these ingredients next time. I think the four options would suit the four of us well. πŸ™‚

  42. Not long ago, I tried baked pears for the first time! They were so delicious and made the house smell heavenly. I love your version with the different toppings!!

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  44. These look so fall-ish and wonderful. Love all the toppings!

  45. Great combinations…I’ll take all four x2

  46. I do not think I could choose so I would have to have a plate of four…with ONE fork/spoon. : )

  47. Charles says:

    Yay, different toppings for all the picky people out there! Looks great πŸ™‚

  48. I love that we have choices and I love pears. Will try this one!

  49. Stef says:

    Katherine, I’ll enjoy the raisin one with ya. πŸ˜‰

  50. I adore cooked pears and IΒ΄d have to fight you both for a taste of each of them!

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  52. Jessica says:

    I like that you went both sweet and savory routes!

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