In this baked pear recipe, you’ll find finely sliced pears, roasted in a maple sage butter until tender and caramelized with a cinnamon granola topping.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes
2 pears, halved the long way, and cored with a spoon at the bottom to remove seeds
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large sage leaf, finely chopped
3 tbsp real maple syrup
2 pinches of cinnamon
1/4 cup neutrally sweetened granola (as in honey or vanilla, not chocolate or cinnamon)
Optional: Scoops of vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350F, and find a small baking dish that will fit your pears perfectly, and not too much bigger than that, because you want the pear to marinate in the maple butter.
Hasselback the pear halves by placing them flat side down, and using a knife to make a series of thin slices, ¾ of the way down, across the back, to create an accordion effect. Place the sliced pears in your baking dish.
In a small skillet over medium-low heat, add your butter and sage and cook for about three minutes until the butter begins to bubble, and then begins to brown, then quickly pour in the maple syrup, and mix for about 30 seconds before pouring over the pears. At this point don’t worry if the mixture doesn’t get into your slices. As the pears soften, you can ladle it.
Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over each pear half, then sprinkle granola evenly over the whole thing. If it gets in the maple butter, that’s totally fine, in fact it’s great.
Bake for 20 minutes, then ladle the butter mixture over the top. At this point, the pear may be more soft, and you can get the mixture in between all the slices a little easier.
Bake for an additional 20 minutes, or more if needed to get to a soft, spoonable texture.
Ladle the maple butter and granola over the top one more time, and serve alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!