My hubby is in London this week, which means one of two things. I am either living off of leftovers and anything I can scrounge up without going to the grocery store. Or, I am making everything I normally avoid because I assume James won”t like it. The latter is the reason for these delicious Roasted Pears. As I have mentioned earlier, my hubby is not too fond of pears, so when I spotted this recipe I knew that I had to make it while he was gone. They looked so simple I knew I would be able to get my butt into gear for such a short amount of time. Don”t get me wrong, I don”t avoid cooking because I am wallowing in self pity, it is merely because this is my time “off”, and I relish it. Admittedly, the house get”s a little messier, the meals get a little boring (ok a lot boring). When you are cooking for yourself and a one year old there is not point in slaving away. Me and my son concentrate on having fun and relaxing and I always make sure the evidence is cleaned up by the time James gets home. :)
I could eat these pears for breakfast every morning. They are like beautifully packaged, individual, Pear Crisps. The pear itself is warm, smooth and silky. The oats and almonds have a light crunch, with the flavour of cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisins throughout. All of this drizzled with honey and a dollop of yoghurt. Could breakfast be any more perfect? These pears would make a great healthful after school snack. Or even dessert, topped with ice cream or whipped cream. I quartered the recipe for myself and was planning on giving Max the other half when he woke up from his nap. But, I could not stop at just one and knowing he would not know the difference, I just HAD to have the other half. I wanted to share these with you right away because they would make such a great weekend brunch recipe.
I don”t know if you notice in the pictures but my raisins blew up and turned back into grapes while they were baking. That has never happened to me before! Anyone ever heard of such a phenomenon?
Roasted Pear Crisps
adapted from Fresh
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup melted butter, plus extra for brushing
- 3 Tbsp. raisins
- 4 pears
- honey and yoghurt for topping
- Mix together oats, brown sugar, almonds and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter then raisins.
- Cut pears in half, leaving skin intact. Scoop out the core with a small spoon.
- Lay pears, skin side down, in a baking pan. Brush lightly with butter.
- Heap oat mixture onto pears, pressing to make sure it stays in place.
- Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for 20-25 min. until pears are soft and oats are browned.
- Drizzle warm pears with honey and serve with yoghurt.
Makes: 8 pear halves
* To make this gluten free, make sure that the oats you are using are certified gluten free.