Honey Roasted Pears

Looking for an easy dessert recipe? These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor – they’re perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!

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Looking for an easy dessert recipe?  These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor - they're perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!

If you’re looking for an easy dessert recipe that’s perfect for autumn or winter evenings, then look no further – these Honey Roasted Pears are delicious! Prepping the pears for roasting takes all of about 5 minutes, and then they’re off to the oven. Oh, and your house will be filled with the comforting smells of cinnamon, honey and baking spices while these pears roast. They’re a great dessert for a chilly evening!

Looking for an easy dessert recipe? These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor - they're perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!

Pears are one of those fruits that needs more love. I’ll be the first to admit that I often forget about pears. Once fall arrives, it’s apple-everything followed by pumpkin spice-everything. Pears often get omitted. We’ll grab a couple of pears at the grocery store for snacks, but that’s about the extent of it. Not anymore! This Honey Roasted Pears recipe will definitely be making an appearance again in our house.

While pears (like most fruits) can be purchased year-round, pears are in-season from August – October. That’s when they’ll taste the best – and that works out well since the comforting baking spice flavors in this recipe are perfect for those early fall evenings when the temperatures just begin to turn chilly.

Looking for an easy dessert recipe? These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor - they're perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!

Honey Roasted Pears

Like apples, pears come in a variety of types. There are over 3,000 (!!) varieties of pears out there, but there are only about 10 that are commonly found in the US. For this recipe, I recommend either Bosc or Anjou (red or green). Bosc will maintain a slight crunch while Anjou will soften up a bit more after roasting. Either variety will work well, and both are readily available in most grocery stores.

Tips for Baking Pears

  1. If the pear doesn’t stand upright on its own, slice a small sliver off the bottom of the pear to level it out. This way the pear will bake more evenly.
  2. Leave about 2-3″ between the pears in the baking dish. This also helps ensure that the pears will bake evenly.
  3. Peel the pears before baking. This is an optional step, but removing the skin makes the roasted pears much easier to slice and eat.
  4. Use a small paring knife to cut the core out of the pear from the bottom. This easy step means that guests will be able to slice and eat the entire pear (minus the stem, of course) without worrying about a core or seeds.
  5. For a fun, rustic appearance, leave the stem attached. It doesn’t hurt anything, and it looks pretty cool when you serve roasted pears with the stem still attached!
  6. Roasted pears are best served immediately. While they can be reheated the next day, the flavor and texture are much better on the day they are roasted.
Looking for an easy dessert recipe? These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor - they're perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!

The only “trick” to this recipe is to carefully remove the baking dish from the oven a couple of times and baste the pears with the honey mixture. This will ensure that the pears absorb as much flavor as possible without drying out. (I also like to spoon a bit of the extra honey mixture onto each plate when I serve these pears – you can’t beat that combination of honey and baking spices!)

Looking for an easy dessert recipe? These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor - they're perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!

As we head into the colder days of the year, I say grab some pears at the store and make these Honey Roasted Pears. They’re easy, delicious and perfect for the season! Cheers!

Did you make these Honey Roasted Pears at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!

Looking for an easy dessert recipe? These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor - they're perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!

Honey Roasted Pears

Looking for an easy dessert recipe? These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor – they're perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 174kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Peel the pears and then use a paring knife to core the pears from the bottom, leaving the stems in place.
  • Place pears in a greased 9”x13” baking dish.
  • Using a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves; sprinkle this mixture evenly on top of the pears.
  • Using a small saucepan, add water and honey. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; let mixture boil for 3 minutes. Pour mixture over pears.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 45-55 minutes or until very tender. (Note: Every 15 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and spoon the honey mixture back over the pears.)
Looking for an easy dessert recipe? These Honey Roasted Pears are packed with flavor - they're perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening!

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22 Comments

  1. Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had honey roasted pears before perfect for my after office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

  2. 5 stars
    David, thanks for giving another pear recipe. We have so many pears coming on our tree this year I don’t know what to do with them.
    I love the cardamom in the recipe. I’m thinking that your honey pear would pair (pun intended) well with vanilla sauce…

    1. I’m not sure I realized you had a pear tree, Ron! (Or maybe I knew that and just forgot…it happens.) Roasting them with this easy honey sauce is a really tasty way to use pears. I wish we had a pear tree in our yard!!

  3. 5 stars
    Yes, I agree that pears often get omitted. But that’s one of my favourite fruits to cook with, and I try sneaking a recipe or two between apples and pumpkins (which can be quite a task I admit!) I love to get them lightly sauteed with some maple (or honey), butter, salt, and spices and then combine with greens, nuts, and cheese as a wonderful salad. Baked pears are my another favourite – such a cozy and homey aroma, right? And with some ice cream, it would be perfection!

    1. Apples and pumpkins steal the spotlight this time of year, but pears need some attention, too! You make a great point that pears go well in fall salads. These pears roasted with honey are super easy and quite tasty!

  4. I love the touch of cardamom here David. And cinnamon is so warming to the spirit and tongue. We are heading for an El Nino season this summer so maybe this dish wont’ appear in my kitchen for quite some time:=)

    1. Cardamom is my not-so-secret addition to recipes that call for traditional baking spices. I love using it in a streusel on baked goods, and of course in this recipe for roasted pears, too. I’m guessing you might need to wait about 6 months or so for this recipe to be seasonally appropriate in your house, Sherry!

    1. It’s getting chilly here in the North Carolina mountains, and these pears are the perfect dessert! All of those baking spices are just made for this time of year. Thanks, Michelle!

  5. 5 stars
    David I love this Honey Roasted Pears recipe, it’s delightful! It’s great there’s only 5 minutes of prep and then the pears are transformed into a heavenly dessert. I bet the aromas of cinnamon and honey filling a kitchen while roasting make for a cozy, perfect treat on a chilly evening!

    1. The prep work on this recipe is so minimal, Neil – but the reward is quite great! You make a good point about the smells coming out of the kitchen while these pears bake. It’s quintessential autumn! 🙂

    1. Ah, wine is an excellent choice for poaching pears! This version with honey is quite delicious – plus, it lets you save the wine for drinking this time. 🙂 Thanks, Frank!

    1. If you can get ripe pears this time of the year, then definitely go for it, Pauline! And I bet it’s even better using honey from your backyard – I’m jealous about that!!

  6. 5 stars
    Honey Roasted Pears? Count me in! 🍐🍯 This dessert sounds absolutely delightful, especially for those cozy autumn and winter evenings when you’re craving something sweet and comforting.

    1. This dessert really is fantastic for fall evenings! It’s super easy to make, but it’s packed with all the cozy feelings…kinda like wrapping up in your favorite sweater. 🙂

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