I love baked apples and when we came across a bunch of pears on sale, I just knew that baking them would be just as tasty. Very yummy and can be eaten along with the meal as a side dish or saved for dessert by whipping up some cream to dollop on them (you can also use dollops of yogurt).
I bet you can guess how I served them!
4 pears, peeled, halved and cored
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon light rum (or brandy or bourbon)
Place the pear halves in a greased pie plate or casserole dish, arranged like spokes with narrow ends pointed towards the center.
In a small bowl combine the butter and brown sugar and spices. Mix thoroughly to break up any lumps in the brown sugar. Spread the mixture evenly over the pears.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Test with a skewer, it should pierce easily. Flip the pears to be evenly colored. Serve warm, with drizzles of the cooking liquid.
To top with whipped cream – beat the cream until it begins to stiffen. Slowly add the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Whip in the rum and place a dollop or two on top of the warm pears.