Food should be warm and hearty in the winter, right? That goes for desserts as well. While I’m a person who will enjoy ice cream any time, anywhere (It wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread ice cream sandwiches outdoors in Sweden while it’s snowing), I do think that in the winter, even ice cream is best accompanied by a warm slice of pie, chocolate souffle, baked fruit, or sauce of some sort.
Baked fruit is a homemade cheat-dessert in the sense that it is the easiest thing in the world to make, and that you can eat it even when you’ve sworn off desserts. I add some sugar to these pears, but you could exclude it since the natural sweetness of the fruit is enhanced in the oven. Serving them with Greek yogurt instead of ice cream makes them healthy enough that you could even enjoy them for breakfast.
- 2 Anjou pears
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. golden syrup, honey, or maple syrup
- a few drops of almond or vanilla extract
- a few pinches of brown sugar
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- a handful of crushed nuts (I used pistachios and almonds)
- edible flowers for garnish (I used rosemary flowers)
- Wash your pears and slice them in half lengthwise. Cut a small piece off the round "back" of each half to make it sit flat in a baking dish.
- Line a baking dish with parchment paper and place your pears in it. Brush the syrup or honey over the pears. Add a few drops of almond or vanilla extract, and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Bake your pears at 170 degrees C (140 degrees F) for about 25 minutes, or until tender and golden.
- Serve your pears with Greek yogurt, crushed nuts, and some pretty edible flowers.
- The natural sweetness of the pear in enhanced when it's baked, so you can exclude the syrup/honey and brown sugar if you like. It then makes for a perfectly healthy and luxurious breakfast.