Honey and butter baked pears

Desserts are one of those fascinating things that most people only occasionally have – but when you do, you want to make it worthwhile. As I was grocery shopping the other evening, I saw that pears are in stock and it made me think of this scrumptious (and SUPER easy) baked pear recipe – when I first made it, I paired the pears with vanilla ice cream; but I’m told that thickened cream is also pretty delicious. The recipe is originally from here and I really hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients

  • 8 medium-sized pears (peeled, halved and cored)
  • 8tbsp unsalted butter cut into 1cm cubes
  • Salt
  • Sprig of fresh thyme
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Thickened cream or vanilla ice cream to taste.

Method

Heat the oven to 200°. On a baking paper-lined cookie tray, arrange the pears cut-side-up in a single layer. Top each pear half with butter and season very lightly with salt. Scatter the thyme and bay leaves over the pears and drizzle with honey.

Bake the pears, turning them every 15 minutes to coat in the butter and honey, until they are tender and caramelized – about 1 hour. Transfer the pears to a warmed dish and serve while hot with a generous pour of cream or a big scoop of ice cream

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