Mind-blowingly easy, yet pretty enough to whip out when friends come over for dinner – these baked pears are a fantastic, easy recipe to keep tucked away for autumn evenings.
Ingredients (Serves 6):
6 pears (I used Sweet William in the photos but it doesn’t matter as long as they are perfectly ripe)
50g salted butter
6 tbsp clear honey
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs flaked almonds
Line a decent sized baking tray/dish with baking parchment and preheat your oven to 180c.
Wash and halve your pears, leaving the stalk in on one side and removing the seeds with either a teaspoon or a melon baller – do this carefully so that you end up with nice, neat little wells in the centre of the fruit. Then take a sliver off of the back of each half with a knife so that they lay flat on your baking tray.
Toast your almond flakes in a dry pan until they are blonde rather than brown – they will continue to cook in the oven so you just want to get them started, let them cool.
In the meantime, divide the butter into six pieces and put one into the well of each of your pear halves, then drizzle with honey, sprinkle with cinnamon (use your cinnamon to taste – if you like a stronger flavour then add more) and the toasted almond flakes.
Bake for 25-30 minutes and serve with vanilla ice-cream, an air of breezy accomplishment and another glass of wine…
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