If you need an easy, impressive (and surprisingly healthy) dessert recipe in your back pocket, our cinnamon baked pears are for you!
you’re not the best cook in the world and you’re knackered after a long shift.
Your date has just texted you to say they’re on their way round. You really want to impress them but there’s not enough time to make a nice dinner AND dessert.
Or there wouldn’t be, if you didn’t know the recipe for these cinnamon baked pears.
Never baked a thing before? No problem. Baked pears with cinnamon couldn’t be easier to make, take only five minutes of prep, and always turn out great.
Out of cologne or perfume? Don’t fret. Stand next to the oven and waft the delicious cinnamon about the place. You and your flat will smell great.
And the best thing? Baked pears with cinnamon look fancy by default – as if you were dishing up some sort of Michelin Star/Gordon Ramsay type of thing. You’ll see.
Health benefits of cinnamon baked pears
Our healthy baked pears recipe contains only 4 natural ingredients, but the star of the show is definitely the pear itself which has a surprising number of nutritional benefits!
Here’s an interesting fact about pears to further impress your date. (Being a proactive kind of guy I’ve mapped out the conversation for you. You’re welcome).
You: Did you know that eating pears seems to reduce the risk of heart related problems and of developing type 2 diabetes? You know, the serious blood sugar disease that affects millions and millions around the globe?
She/He: No way, really??
You: I know, I thought the same!! How can a fruit high in sugar be good against diabetes, right?! Well, it’s because pears contain loads of healthy nutrients including flavonoids. And that stuff helps to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation.
She/He: You’re so clever! I love your interesting and knowledgeable facts (smiles).
By this point, the conversation will be flowing and you can proceed without my help. Or, if you feel like you could use more pear-based conversation topics, check out some further health benefits of pears here.
The best type of pear for baking
This recipe should work with any kind of pear, but there are a few varieties which are known for being the best to bake with.
Anjou and Bosc varieties are a top pick for baking as they hold their shape and texture beautifully, but Bartletts and other varieties will still be delicious!
Baked Pears FAQ
Got any questions on how to bake the perfect pear? We’ve covered the most common below, but if you still have questions just let us know in the comments section.
Will harder pears work with this recipe?
Yes, in fact it’s a great way to enjoy those pears that seem to stay hard in the fruit bowl forever! If they are very hard, you may want to leave them in the oven a little longer.
Should I serve baked pears hot or cold?
We think serving them warm is much tastier, but baked pears are still delicious when eaten cold.
How long will they keep for?
Baked pears can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can gently reheat them in the microwave or enjoy them cold.
Can I swap the walnuts for something else?
Definitely – this recipe should work nicely with chopped pecans, hazelnuts or almonds.
Do I need to use baking parchment?
No, we used the parchment to make sure our pears didn’t stick but you can certainly cook this recipe without it (there may just be a bit more washing up!)
Which kind of yogurt should I serve this with?
To keep our baked pears recipe healthy and vegan we used a plain soy yogurt, but you can pair it (no pun intended) with whichever dairy or non-dairy yoghurt you like.
What Our Readers are Saying
Still concerned that your cinnamon baked pears may not impress? Don’t be! Our fantastic readers have been busy whipping up this dish and sharing the results in the comments section:
These are light and delicious! I love baked apples and these are a step up in elegance! I am taking a big pan to a dinner party tonight. Serving them with vanilla or vanilla caramel ice cream for a little decadence!Tammie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
So easy to make and delicious! My husband and my 2 year old gobbled these up. It really did take 5 minutes to prep like you said! I’ll be keeping this recipe. And as an added bonus, it was a healthy dessert. 5 stars for sure! Thank you!Maya ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Loved baked stone fruits.. these pears are so simple yet delicious!Thalia @ butter and brioche
Cinnamon Baked Pears
- 4 tsp low fat soy yogurt (or dairy yogurt if you like – just keep it gluten-free if needed)
- Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F).
- Cut the pears in half.
- Using a tablespoon scoop out the seeds of each half.
- Fill with walnuts and drizzle about half a tsp of maple syrup over each half.
- Finish them off with a few dashes of cinnamon powder.
- Whack them onto a baking tray and off they go into the oven for about 25 minutes. Don't forget some gloves to take them out again 😉
- Serve with some yogurt.
If this recipe has you hooked on warming fall fruit dishes, we recommend checking out our recipe for Easy Baked Apples with a Cinnamon Nut Stuffing. Or, if you want to try something a little different then this modern take on the Dutch Apple Pancake is a must!
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