This simple recipe for roasted pears with pecans is a great way to liven up an everyday pear and transform it into something really special. Make sure you serve them warm, paired with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream or custard, if you like. Poaching is a popular way to serve pears, but roasting them lets the edges caramelise slightly as well as making them really tender. With only four ingredients, these roasted pears really couldn’t be easier. The natural sweetness from the pears means you don’t need to add any extra sugar, and the toasted pecans provide a warm, nutty flavour and lovely crunch. This recipe needn’t be limited to dessert! Roasted pears with pecans would be a delicious dish to serve for brunch with friends. Serve with some thick Greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of granola. We’ve given half a roasted pear per portion, but you could up it to a whole pear for a more generous serving.
- 3 pears
- 2 vanilla pods
- 30g butter
- 50g pecans
Preheat the over to 200C/Gas 6. Cut the pears in half lengthways, then use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds and the sinewy parts of the core.
Cut the vanilla pods in half and use the back of a knife to scrape out the seeds. Place the pears on a baking tray and divide the vanilla seeds and butter between the cavities of the pears. Bake for 20 mins then scatter over the pecans and bake for a further 5 mins.
Top tip for making Roasted pears with pecans
As an alternative to vanilla pods that you can keep in the cupboard use 1 tsp of Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste