These pears work for both elegant and rustic menus. Add homemade berry sauce and serve them as an accompaniment to a slice of light wedding cake or as a side dish for a wedding brunch.
Today my daughters and I packed a brunch and brought it to my parents’ house to celebrate their wedding anniversary. The planned menu included poached pears, but last night, when I should have started the poaching, I hung out with a bunch of brothers and sisters and in-laws instead, talking about, among other things, Bill’s latest ice sculptures. So this morning, my daughters and I prepared the pears by baking them. The prep for baked pears is less fussy and less time-consuming than than for poaching, which makes them an appealing dish not just for easy-going family weekends, but for small self-catered weddings, too.
Serve these baked pear halves with a slice of light wedding cake and homemade berry sauce for a complete wedding dessert, or include them as a side dish for an autumn or early winter wedding brunch. We’ll make the berry sauce recipe our next post.BTW, here’s a pic of the Hanukkiah ice sculpture Bill carved today during a demonstration at Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch in Manhattan.
Ingredients for Baked Pears
- 12 Bosc or Anjou pears
- Cooking oil spray
- ½ cup butter, melted (or for a pareve version to serve with a meat meal, use non-dairy margarine)
- 6 Tablespoons honey
- 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Instructions for Baked Pears
- Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC).
- Lightly spray the bottom of two 9″x13″ baking pans with cooking oil.
- Cut pears in half, cut out the core, and peel the pears.
- Optional: Make four slices in each pear half, stopping about ¼” from the small end. This will enable you to fan out the slices on the plate when you serve it. Or leave the halves unsliced for a more rustic presentation.
- Place the pears flat side down in the baking pans.
- Mix the melted butter, honey and spices. Drizzle the mixture over the pears.
- Cover the pans and bake for 40 minutes or until the pears are tender.
The pears can be stored overnight, covered, in the refrigerator.