Baked Pear with Ginger and Honey

With Pears now in full season and at their best this is an easy dessert dish that can be made in minimal time.

You will need for 4 pears:

4 large pears – firm but ripe


6 pieces of crystallised ginger
1 tablespoon of Honey
1 tablespoon of rolled oats
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of sultanas or raisins
touch of lemon zest
1 cup of liquid ~ water, diluted orange juice, wine or any combination


Pre heat oven to 180 c or 160° c for a fan oven.

Wash the pears ~ core them ~ score a line through the skin into the flesh right round them about one third from the top.

If the pears are particularly hard you can microwave them for about 3 minutes to start the cooking process.

Stand the pears upright in an oven proof dish ~ trim the bottoms if you need to make them stand straight.

Mix all the filling ingredients together and pack tightly into the pear ~ piling any left over on the top.

To Cook:

Pour the liquid round the base of the pears and place in oven ~ depending on size and density may take from 30 to 45 minutes to ensure the pears are cooked through.

Serve warm with cream or ice cream.


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