Pears are delicious for desserts since they have a unique taste and texture. They are naturally sweet and juicy with a firm yet slightly gritty texture. According to The Grove, many varieties of pears are grown commercially, such as Comice, Bosc, Concorde, Bartlett, and Anjou pears. Depending on the variety, they are usually in season between September to February. This makes them ideal for autumn and winter sweet treats! Pears are fantastic since you can enjoy them raw or baked.
When you bake them, they are somewhat similar to an apple. In fact, you can use pears in desserts where you would usually use apples! Furthermore, the average pear has 101 calories and impressive amounts of vitamin C, K, and potassium. They also have fiber, which is good for you too! We think it is safe to say that this type of fruit is an excellent choice for making a nutritious and decadent dessert. All recipes on this list work no matter which variety of pears you have. There are simple recipes you can whip up quickly or more complex ones to make to impress your guests at a party!
Believe it or not, this amazing pear dessert is vegan and paleo-friendly! The dish has two main components: the spiced pear filling and the crispy topping. The filling has fresh pears, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and more flavors. Meanwhile, the topping has almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut, and maple syrup. The pears are tender once this treat is ready, and the topping is golden brown. Assemble this in a casserole dish, which makes it easy as ever.
This incredibly simple dessert is perfect for when you want something sweet but don't have the energy to create something extravagant. You only need honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, and pears. The natural sweetness from the fruit perfectly pairs with the honey and vanilla, so you don't need processed sugar! Make the pears until they slightly caramelize on the edges, and enjoy them while they are fresh out of the oven and still warm.
The Roasted Root shared this lovely recipe for dessert bars with fresh pear pieces and a mouthwatering glaze! This recipe is a dream come true for home bakers because it is easy to make and walks you through how to make a homemade delicious shortbread crust. The filling has pears, Maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of sea salt, perfectly contrasting the baking spices. Use lemon juice in the glaze to give it a zesty kick!
4. Pear Cake
Do you ever spend time making a homemade cake only to end up with a super dry dessert that is quite underwhelming? Don't worry; you won't have that experience with this recipe. This cake is so moist and light! Not to mention, it has a gorgeous presentation due to the layered pears on top. Set aside an hour when making this, then indulge in one of the best desserts you've ever made!
These simple yet sophisticated cupcakes are just what your next party needs! They are topped with a tiny, adorable, petite pear candy. The cake base has common baking ingredients like flour, sugar, and eggs, but it also has finally diced pears and baking spices. The honey buttercream is the best part since it has fluffy egg whites, butter, vanilla, and even a splash of orange blossom water.
When you have a sweet tooth but you want to stay on a healthy path, this recipe can save the day. It's especially convenient since you can use pear halves from a can. You don't necessarily need to spend any time chopping fresh pears. It also has sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. The foundation has a mixture of vanilla pudding and Greek vanilla yogurt, which is oh-so-creamy and perfectly complements the sweet pears!
Are you looking for something suitable for guests who have special diets? This pie recipe is safe for people who eat dairy-free or gluten-free foods! You may wonder whether a gluten-free crust can be as good as a regular flour crust, and the answer is yes. This crust is light and flaky because it has lard, which gives it a deeper flavor and makes it buttery! The pie filling has organic raw sugar, lemon juice, pears, cinnamon, and sea salt.
Next time you want to enjoy a decadent treat alongside your hot tea, this recipe is the one for you. It has a blend of cream cheese, condensed milk, and vanilla. The crumble has flour, oats, cinnamon, and butter. The most impressive part is the poached pears, though! The pears have a deep brown sugar flavor and look incredibly sophisticated, instantly turning the dessert from average to fancy!
If you’ve read this far down the list, you might have observed that many of these desserts include cinnamon in their ingredients. Undoubtedly, cinnamon is one of the best ingredients to serve with pears! This cinnamon cheesecake is no exception. You will fall in love with the classic graham cracker crust, light and fluffy cinnamon-flavored cheesecake, and the delectable spiced pears. Furthermore, add toffee sauce to drizzle over the dessert for an added touch of sweetness.
Try out this recipe for a wonderful European delicacy. These poached pears contain red wine, granulated stevia, and cinnamon. Once they are done, they have a charming deep red color due to the wine. Best of all, this recipe is only 176 calories per serving! We found a way to make it much lighter than the classic recipe because of the stevia. Also, the spices help with flavor, so you don't need to use as much wine.
This recipe by The Dish on Healthy is a unique rendition of a crisp dessert. Instead of the topping looking crumbled, it has a flat surface. The topping has oats, coconut sugar, butter, and sea salt. Meanwhile, you will find heavenly pears, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and vanilla underneath. Of course, it wouldn't be a ginger and pear crisp without freshly grated ginger. We suggest serving this with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top!
These chewy cookies have hints of brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and diced pears. Additionally, they have gluten-free old-fashioned oats, which give it a lovely gritty texture. You won't believe how fast you can make these treats! You can mix all of the ingredients and have them out of the oven within 30 minutes. This dessert is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan as well!
13. Pear Hand Pies
Despite the homemade crust, these hand pies are super easy to make. But you can always purchase pre-made pie dough or even load the filling into a Crescent roll to make it easier. However, this recipe is fantastic, so it is worth the time you need to make it! Most of the time required is for chilling the dough, so it's not too strenuous. Our favorite part? The filling with canned pears, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
14. Pear Ice Cream
Make this incredible autumnal ice cream if you have an ice cream machine! This ice cream is highly comforting, with notes of ginger, butter, brown sugar, and pears. There are many ways to serve it! You can always bake some pears to go with it. Or, stick to other toppings such as whipped cream, fresh berries, or even a simple fresh herb garnish like mint. This recipe makes six servings and takes about 45 minutes to make!
Although this light and airy cake is delicious, the incredible streusel steals the show. The topping has brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, butter, and even crystallized ginger! You'll mix thinly sliced pears into the homemade cake batter, which gives it a pleasant fruity taste and textural variation. With all of the spices and fruit, this dessert is perfect for eating in the fall! However, you can enjoy it anytime that you can get your hands on some pears.
We mentioned that you can use pears in recipes that typically require apples. But how about combining the two for an extra special dessert? This pie has a gorgeous lattice crust that turns perfectly brown on the edges. When you slice into it, the filling has notes of lemon juice, cinnamon, pears, apples, and sugar. If you wish, you can also sprinkle a cinnamon-sugar mixture on the crust. Prepare this dish for your next family holiday!
There's nothing like a classic fluffy bread pudding recipe. This dessert is visually appealing, and its taste is irresistible. Amy's Healthy Baking created this incredible custard dessert with pears, light brown sugar, vanilla, and more. To decorate it, you can drizzle a beautiful amber-brown caramel syrup on top! Bake the bread pudding in individual ramekins, which makes it easier to serve at gatherings!
18. Pear Custard Pie
We can't get enough of this pie recipe! It has the perfect harmony of flavors and textures. The custard is silky smooth and incredibly rich. Then, the fresh pears are tender yet firm. You can decorate this in such a simple way with just a light coating of powdered sugar. You don't even need to serve this in a fancy way since the flavors speak for themselves. The pie is buttery and has vanilla undertones!
Break out your air fryer because you absolutely need to try this dish! Who knew that you could air fry pears? The fruit is seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure maple syrup or honey, which helps it caramelize naturally when it cooks. You can serve this in so many ways! Try topping it with whipped cream, nuts, shredded coconut, or even powdered sugar. This dessert is healthy at 141 calories per serving!
Here is another air fryer recipe that we recommend. This pear dessert is essentially a sweet fry that you can dip into Greek yogurt, Cool Whip, or whatever you wish. You need pears, oat flour, coconut sugar, eggs, and Graham cracker crumbs to make it. This is a great finger food dessert that the whole family will love, especially since the fruit gets so crispy on the outside!
This recipe helps satisfy your cravings for dessert while being nice and light. So, if you have this after dinner, you won't go to bed feeling super bloated or overly full. It has pears, honey, vanilla, lemon, and cardamom. Serve the tasty honey pears with Greek yogurt! Load all the pears on top when you serve it for a glorious presentation.
22. Pear Clafoutis
Caroline's Cooking posted this impressive recipe for clafoutis. If you've never tried clafoutis, it's a custard-like dessert typically made with seasonal fruit to reduce food waste. Of course, this recipe uses fresh pears! You can layer them into the bottom of the skillet, which will then give the desert a unique pattern once it bakes. This recipe has simple ingredients that are accessible, such as milk, sugar, flour, lemon, and pears.
This recipe is for anyone who loves a good blondie! Yes, you can put chocolate chips or nuts in blondies, or you can follow this recipe using diced pears and cinnamon chips. If you don't have cinnamon chips, that's okay! We suggest using butterscotch chips because they pair with the pears. This recipe also has walnuts, brown sugar, flour, and eggs.
These wonderful cookies will impress you with their delicious pear flavor and fluffy texture. You won't even be able to tell that these are dairy-free and low in calories! If you make these, you will need coconut oil, coconut sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and other typical baking ingredients. The recipe suggests using old-fashioned oats for the best results. Enjoy these warm or at room temperature!
24 Perfect Pear Desserts
- 5 pears approximately 750 grams
- 1 cup 240 ml of red wine
- ¼ cup 60 grams of granulated stevia
- 1 lime
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 allspice berries
- 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin
- 3 cloves
- ½ cup 120 ml of water
- Start by peeling the pears (approximately 150 grams each). To prevent them from turning brown, drizzle them with the juice of the lime and set them aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the water (120 ml), red wine (240 ml), granulated stevia (60 grams), cinnamon stick, all-spice berries, and cloves. Bring this mixture to a boil.
- Once it's boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and add the peeled pears. Make sure to rotate the pears every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking.
- Simmer the pears in the mixture for about 15 minutes or until about half of the liquid has evaporated. This will infuse the pears with the wine and spice flavors. Continue to rotate them during this process.
- While the pears are simmering, in a separate small bowl, hydrate the gelatin by mixing it with a little bit of water as per the package instructions.
- After the pears have simmered, add the hydrated gelatin to the saucepan. Stir it in and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the pears and the syrup to cool.
- Once cooled, transfer the pears and the syrup to a refrigerator-safe container and refrigerate for a couple of hours or until the dessert is nicely chilled and set.
- Serve the chilled pears in red wine as a delightful and guilt-free dessert.