Baked (AKA roasted) pears with honey butter and finely chopped walnuts is one of the easiest and most delicious cool weather desserts in a pinch.
The idea of roasting a pear for dessert didn’t initially toot my horn. “It’s a pear…how good could it be!” Well – it’s better than good. It’s fantastic. And SO easy!
Roasted pears caramelize a bit when drizzled with honey butter that’s a touch salty and a touch sweet. Finish with a sprinkle of finely chopped walnuts and vanilla ice cream (if you’re like me and ice cream makes everything better).
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- 2 just-ripe Bosc pears
- 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut pears in half lengthwise. The stem will be attached to one half of the pear. Use your knife to remove the little brown knob at the bottom of the pear. Now grab a teaspoon. You should see the silhouette of the core of the pear. Hollow out the core; you shouldn’t need to go too deep.
- Mix together the melted butter, honey and vanilla. Spoon half of the mixture all over the pear halves (in the divot and outside).
- Roast for 30 minutes. Microwave leftover butter mixture for 10 seconds and spoon all over pears. Sprinkle with walnuts.
- Serve as-is or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.