Sweet pears drizzled with maple syrup and filled with oats and pecans. These Maple Pecan Baked Pears are a healthier dessert option and will have your home smelling like fall in no time!
A few weeks ago I was over at my aunt’s home, where I noticed outside in her yard are a few fruit trees. [Life goal of mine: Have an orchard of fruit trees]. One of which is a pear tree. Over the course of time I was there I kept looking at that tree, filled to the brim with pears ready for the picking.
Right as I was leaving I pretty much invited myself to pick some pears. My aunt graciously said yes and gave me a tip I didn’t know about pear harvesting. She said you are supposed to pick pears while they are green then let them ripen in your home (or wherever you want to put them). So I picked me some green pears and brought them home.
Waiting for those pears to ripen was like torture! Each day I’d look at the pears to see if there were any change in them, feeling to see if they had softened at all. My husband was apparently anxious too, because without me knowing he grabbed one and took a big ‘ole bite. CRUNCH! It was not ready and not very appetizing! Too early. After that he waited for me to tell him when they were ready. He wanted a sweet juicy bite, not a bitter crunchy one!
Finally the day came and my husband could bite into a pear and savor it. I was also excited so I could experiment in some new recipes for fall! These Maple Pecan Baked Pears definitely bring that fall comfort into your home.
Maple, cinnamon and sweet pears combine just perfectly to give off an aroma reminiscent of fall nights. The oat and nut crumble give a hearty crunch while the pears are tender and juicy. The pears themselves, along with the maple syrup slightly caramelize to create just the right amount of sweetness. Mmmm! I’m drooling just thinking about these! Fall produce at it’s best right here!
- 2 pears
- 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans
- 1 Tablespoon rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash the pears, removing and dirt or debris. Cut each in half and remove the stems and core. Place them cut side up on prepared baking sheet. (Hint: to keep the pears from rolling around, make a quarter size slice on the opposite side of the pear to create a flat surface, removing as little as possible while still making it stable).
- In a small bowl, combine the chopped pecans, rolled oats and olive oil. Stir until the olive oil is evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Spoon ¼ of the mixture into each pear.
- Drizzle ½ teaspoon on each pear. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon.
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven; serve warm.