If you’re in the market for an elegant dish for your holiday dessert table, you must try these easy oven roasted pears. Drizzle them with a sweet and smoky cinnamon caramel sauce – they’re sure to be the star of the show!
Oven roasted pears with cinnamon caramel sauce is a decadent dessert that is perfect for the fall months and those cozy November and December holidays.
With just a handful of ingredients and a few ripe pears, you can whip up this dessert in only a few simple steps.
Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
There are two simple components to this decadent roasted dish – pears and caramel sauce.
And here’s my favorite part: You can totally whip up the sauce in the microwave.
I know, that probably sounds less than sophisticated, but trust me on this.
The simple sauce gets brushed onto the pears as they roast, thereby reducing into a most delectable, ooey-gooey candied caramel that is just to die for.
Which pears are best for roasting in the oven?
I personally chose Bosc pears for this recipe because of their gorgeously earthy, rustic appearance. But you can use whatever pears you like.
They key is to make sure that they are ripe for two reasons:
- Ripe pears are so much easier to work with. Believe me, you don’t want to try to slice and core a super under-ripe pear.
- Ripened pears cook down better, so what you’re left with is a tender roasted fruit that is completely succulent.
How to Make Roasted Pears
The first step is to slice the pears in half and core them. You do not have to peel them, but you can totally do that if you want to. I used a melon baller to core my Bosc pears.
Arrange the pear halves on a baking sheet at least an inch apart, with the cut sides up. I suggest brushing or spritzing them with lemon juice to prevent the flesh from turning brown while you make the cinnamon caramel sauce.
To make the sauce, place butter and vanilla in a bowl, and microwave until melted. Whisk in cinnamon, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt until the brown sugar is melted and the sauce is the consistency of a runny, pure maple syrup.
Brush a generous amount of sauce over the pear halves, then roast in the oven until the pears have softened and started to brown, and the sauce has thickened up.
How to serve this dessert:
There are several different possibilities here. You can honestly just dig in with a spoon and call it a day. Or, you can try one of these ideas:
- Sprinkle with toasted pecan or walnut chips
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and an extra drizzle of caramel sauce
- Dollop a heaping spoonful of cinnamon & honey whipped cream on top
- Place a pear half or two in a bowl and serve with a drizzle of fresh heavy cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon
There are so many possibilities! I hope you love these pears as much as I do!
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- 4 ripe pears
- Juice of half a lemon
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Slice your pears in half, then core them.
- Place the pears cut side up on a baking sheet.
- Brush or drizzle with lemon juice.
Meanwhile, make the sauce:
- Add the butter and vanilla to a microwaveable bowl.
- Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted.
- Whisk in the cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt until combined and the brown sugar is dissolved.
- Generously brush the sauce over the pears, then place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and bush the pears with the sauce again.
- Return the pears to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Pour the remaining sauce over the pears.
- Sprinkle with toasted nuts or serve with vanilla ice cream or honey cinnamon whipped cream if desired.
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