Autumn is pear season in Britain. Here are 10 wonderful ways to bake with pears.
There’s nothing more delicious than a perfect pear. A pear that’s so ripe you need a napkin to catch the juices. A hard pear is so disappointing. It’s like crunching raw turnip and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want stomach ache.
So here we all stand, watching the pears in our fruit bowls, waiting for that precise moment they‘re ripe. Knowing if we leave it too long they’ll turn into unpleasant mush.
Have you ever tried baking with pears? The best part is you can enjoy them anytime and don’t have to wait for that five-minute window when they’re ripe.
Here are 10 of my favourite pear recipes:
Sticky pear and pecan toffee cake
A spectacular looking bundt cake that’s really easy to bake.
Pears, dates, cinnamon and brown sugar give this cake a wonderful flavour and it’s finished to perfection with a drizzle of toffee sauce and a scattering of pecans. If you don’t have a bundt cake tin you can use a traybake tin.
Pear and courgette cake with salted Caramac frosting
This recipe had me at Caramac. I love that sweet caramel tasting chocolate. The cake itself is made with courgette and pear, but no one would guess there’s courgette in it.
It’s so good it actually tastes more like clootie dumpling. If you’ve ever tasted clootie dumpling you’ll know what a compliment that is!
Pear and ginger crumble cake
This wonderfully moist loaf cake is full of Autumnal flavours. Seasonal pears, stem ginger, ground ginger and brown sugar for that caramel flavour. Doesn’t it sound tasty?
I’m not finished yet though. This wonderful teatime treat is finished with a delicious crumble topping for a little bit of crunch.
Chocolate pear cake
I love this cake. It’s full on chocolate, but with a fudgey texture in the middle and juicy slices of pear on top. It’s easy to make too.
Just cream together the butter and sugar with a whisk, add hot cocoa, eggs and flour and whisk again until you have a smooth batter. Pour it in the tin, bake for an hour and out comes this sensational chocolate cake. No fuss at all.
Chocolate and pear quesadillas
I bet you’ve never tried anything like these before. I often make savoury quesadillas for a starter or snack, as they are so quick to make.
You just pop one flour tortilla in a heated frying pan, add some cooked veg (jarred peppers and sundried tomatoes make quick and tasty fillings) and grated cheese. Top with the other tortilla and leave it to heat up, flip it over and heat up the other side.
The cheese will be melty and gorgeous inside. Cut it into wedges and your meal is ready.
Chocolate and pear creates the perfect sweet alternative and you can add other fillings besides.
Pear and ginger spelt muffins
These super quick and easy muffins are made with spelt flour and combine the flavours of pear and ginger, that work so well together. The batter is made in minutes.
The muffins will be out of the oven and ready to eat in 15 minutes, so they’re great for unexpected guests who will be delighted by your prowess in the kitchen
Blackberry pear traybake
For another fuss free bake try this quick traybake. Pears, blackberries and mixed spice flavour this wonderfully fluffy slice of cake.
The batter is whisked up quickly then topped with slices of pear and blackberries for a very pretty bake that’s out of the oven in half an hour. You can serve this treat warm with whipped cream.
Pear and plum banana bread
Banana bread can be a wonderful thing and a great way of using up over-ripe bananas. Take it to the next level by adding slices of pear and plum.
A super tasty slice baked in a loaf tin and you can tell yourself you’re getting some of your five a day while enjoying it with a cuppa.
Pancakes with caramelised pears and chocolate
I often associate pancakes with breakfast. A slow lazy Sunday breakfast when my little boy comes into the kitchen to help me cook. However these luxurious pancakes are definitely dessert.
Combined with chocolate these caramelised pears make a great end to a meal.
Chocolate and pear fudge
Now I say this is fudge, but it’s actually raw fudge. That might not sound too appetising, but think more towards pressed fruit energy bars.
Nakd do a great range of these. Sweet fruity and chewy. Made with just four ingredients. Pears (dried pears this time), coconut butter, cocoa powder and agave nectar (or honey). These pressed treats are easy to make in a blender and great as a high-energy snack.
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Jacqueline Meldrum is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. Jacqueline blogs at Tinned Tomatoes.
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