When they said it could take up to six days for my oh so lovely Ontario pears to ripen to perfection, they weren't kidding. And not even my brown-paper-bag-in-the-oven trick worked this time around. It was a waiting game indeed, and took all six days, even in the dark, to pass the ready-test. Mother Nature rules the land. Day 6 arrives and I'm jumping with glee and glowing inside and out because they are now-- finally ready for whatever my heart desires. Late summer into fall has been all about baked and stewed fresh fruit with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. This time I decided to travel along roasting lane with a few Bosc pears, well-known as delicious winter pears. I love the lighter delightful-ness of this dessert, especially with our heavier end of the year holiday menus mixes, for a tummy-happy balance. And these pears were quite the after-treat.
Let's roast some fresh pears...
Here's what you'll need (Serves 6):
3 large fresh, firm (and ripe) Bosc pears (peeled, halved and cored)
3/4 cup walnut pieces
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon pure apple juice
1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons brown sugar (dark brown sugar is best for added flavour)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
vanilla ice cream (homemade or store-bought)
Preheat your oven to 375 F.
Place the pears cut side up in an oven safe dish or foil-lined deep tray.
Whisk the apple juice and 1/3 cup sugar over medium-to-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the butter and vanilla extract and blend well.
Sprinkle the walnut pieces into the cored area of the pears, and lightly sprinkle with the two extra teaspoons of brown sugar and ground cinnamon.
Pour the warm juice over the pears.
Bake in the oven, occasionally basting with the warm juice until the pears begin to look crisp around the edges and are beginning to brown (about 30 - 35 minutes) depending on your oven.
Serve each warm baked pear with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of juice.
Enjoy with family and friends!~
Just before going in the toaster oven for 35 minutes at 375 F...
... and 35 minutes later.
Special thanks to Whole Foods Market.