Baked pears filled with brown sugar, oats, and walnuts, all coated in cinnamon butter, what could be better?
Thanks to C&H® Sugar for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
You know that classic Eddie Izzard sketch about pears ripening? Well these baked pears are a good solution to that problem. Roasting pears in the oven brings out their beguiling flavor, softening their flesh to buttery perfection. When filled with salty-sweet brown sugar walnut crumble, they make a pretty presentation that's fun to eat too.
Crumble Stuffed Pears
You know I'm a fan of cozy apple crisps and crumbles anytime of the year (or day). Well here's a pear crisp of sorts that's elegant enough to serve at holiday festivities and dinner parties, but still tastes like my favorite rustic fruit dessert.
This recipe is adapted from Lizzie Pachter of The Crumb Blonde, whipped up in collaboration with C&H® Sugar! Serve these beauties up with a drizzle of butterscotch sauce and a dollop of vanilla ice cream for a holiday-worthy dessert.
Ingredients and Substitution Suggestions
- This recipe is all about the pears, so choose ones that are in season and locally grown. Firm-ripe pears that are fragrant and sweet but still hold their shape are ideal. More on pear varieties for baking below!
- Butter moistens the pears and filling. Feel free to use plant butter to make dairy-free or vegan baked pears.
- Oats form the base of the brown sugar crumble filling. Use certified gluten-free oats if need be.
- Toasted chopped walnuts combine with oats in the filling. You can use any nut you prefer, such as pecans, hazelnuts, and/or pistachios. For nut-free, try these with pumpkin seeds and/or sunflower seeds.
- Dark brown sugar gives the filling sweetness and molasses-y flavor. I used C&H® Dark Brown Sugar, which adds beautiful butterscotch tones. Golden Brown Sugar will work too if that's what you've got!
- Cinnamon and salt add flavor and spice. Feel free to try this with other spices, such as cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, or my golden pumpkin spice blend.
- Toppings: pomegranate arils, ice cream, and butterscotch sauce make fun accompaniments if you like!
What are the best pears for baking?
- Bosc pears are the firmest variety and hold their shape well for baking.
- Red pears, such as the starkrimson pears used here, have semi-firm flesh and also stand up well to baking.
- Bartlett pears are more soft and buttery. They break down more when baked, but they will hold their shape in roasted pears as long as they are firm to start and not overly ripe.
- D'Anjou pears are similar to Bartlett's and will work well if not overly-soft.
Any of these varieties will work for making baked pears. Look for pears that are firm but fragrant. If you can, buy pears a few days ahead to give them time to ripen, and stash them in the fridge when they start to smell nice.
This recipe is flexible, so change up the baking time if need be. If your pears are quite firm, bake them a little longer. If they're quite ripe, shorten the baking time so they don't fall apart.
How to make Roasted Pears
Prepare the pears by halving them lengthwise and scooping out the center to remove the seeds and form a little bowl. Brush them with melted butter.
Make the filling by combining the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Stir in the melted butter to make a crumble.
Fill the pears with the crumble.
Bake the pears until tender but still holding a shape.
Growing up, we always had a box of C&H® Dark Brown Sugar in our cupboard for baking into cakes and cookies around the holidays. Its fine texture melts into baked goods, while plenty of molasses adds warm depth of flavor.
I love it in all kinds of baking recipes including gluten-free ginger molasses cookies, gluten-free chocolate ginger molasses cookies, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and gluten-free blondies.
You can find C&H® sugars at a shop near you using their store locator.
More Pear Desserts:
- Gluten-Free Pear Cake with Chai Spices
- Gluten-Free Pear Crisp with Ginger and Berries
- GF Pear Tart with Cocoa Crust
More Crisps and Crumbles:
- Paleo Apple Crisp
- Gluten-Free Rhubarb Crisp
- Apple Rhubarb Crumble
- Cranberry Persimmon Crisp
- Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
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Baked Pears with Brown Sugar and WalnutsPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 4 large firm-ripe pears
- 5 tablespoons (70 g) melted butter or plant butter, divided use
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup (90 g) chopped toasted walnuts or other nuts
- ½ cup (50 g) old fashioned rolled oats (GF if needed)
- ¼ cup (40 g) C&H® Dark Brown Sugar
For serving (optional):
- ¼ cup pomegranate arils
- vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream
- salted butterscotch sauce
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F.
- Slice the pears in half lengthwise. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, scoop out the seeds and core, making a 1 ½ - inch diameter hollow to hold the filling. If the pears won’t lay flat in the pan, trim the bottoms flat. Arrange the pears in a 9x13-inch baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the walnuts, oats, C&H® Dark Brown Sugar, cinnamon, and salt with 3 tablespoons of the melted butter.
- Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over the pears. Scoop the walnut-oat mixture into the pear halves, mounding it slightly.
- Bake the pears until tender when pierced with a knife, 25-45 minutes depending on the size and ripeness of the pears.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with pomegranate arils, butterscotch sauce and ice cream or whipped cream if you like.
- Extra pears keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days.