All my life, I haven’t seen so many pears desserts. And that’s really a shame as pears also have their own unique tastiness. And it reflects on these desserts below.
Pear season is in autumn, so it’s better to make these dishes at that time to get the most of the pear flavor. While some of my ideas are only for personal eating, I’ve included those that are suitable for big gatherings.
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Top 24 Most Appetizing Desserts To Go With Your Pears
Every pear dessert in this list has its own charm. Some look like they’ve just come out from a starred restaurant, while some have a rustic look that takes you back to the countryside. But no matter how they look, I promise these dishes are all easy to make.
- Chocolate Pear Tart
- Pear Cake
- Pear Cobbler
- Pear Brown Betty
- Pear Galette
- Pear Crisps
- Pear Cookies
- Baked Pears
- Pear Clafoutis
- Pear Upside Down Cake
- Pear Bundt Cake
- Pear Muffins
- Pear Bread Pudding
- Pear Cupcakes
- Pear Custard Cake
- Pear Gruyere Pie
- Pear Crumble Pie
- Pear Crumble Bars
- Pear Slab Pie
Other Cooking Methods
- Poached Pear
- Pear Jam
- Caramelized Pears
- Pear Turnover
- Pear Compote
If you want more information, keep scrolling down!
19 Juicy Pear Desserts That Requires Baking
Of course, every dessert list has a category for baking dishes. And while most of them often have apples as their priority, pears have their advantages. Let’s find out with these dishes below!
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Tart is a pretty familiar dessert to many people. I bet you have tried egg tarts at least once or twice in your life. This time, I’ll introduce a refreshed version of it, which is chocolate pear tarts.
While chocolate is often seen with various nuts, it goes surprisingly well with pears, even fresh or poached ones. You can make full-size tarts or mini-sized tartlets to eat anywhere you want.
Pear cake can mean different recipes from one person to another. But the recipe I have here is the Italian version. Why choose Italian ones? It’s because I like its refined flavor, not oversweet, perfectly matching with hot chocolate or coffee.
For the best result, make sure you choose ripe pears as they are sweeter and have more moisture. Not to mention, after baking, they become soft enough to slide your knife through.
This pear cake can satisfy even the pickiest Italian. You can see this video to know more:
Ripe pears, butter, brown sugar, and warm spices, all components in this cobbler reminds me of autumn. You can even emphasize the taste more with toppings having cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or coriander flavor.
Pear cobbler may be too much for one person, so it’s better to make them for friend gatherings. Serve it warm with some extra whipped cream or ice cream if you want more sweetness.
Just like cobbler, Brown Betty consists of using baked fruits and sweetened crumbs. However, with this recipe, the crumbs are placed between the fruits. And while you often see Brown Betty with apples, the pear version is no less delicious.
For a lovely party, serve Brown Betty with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. However, what I enjoy the most with this dessert is its smell when it’s baked in the oven with all the butter, brown sugar, and pears in it.
This rustic-looking galette with all beautifully laying pear slices visible to your eyes may make you want to dive right in.
Not to mention, this galette is suitable for even people without any baking experience. It only needs a ready-made pie crust, pear slices, and pear syrup. If you don’t have time to place all the pear cuts neatly, you can just dump them all on the crust.
Also, feel free to mix pear with other berries or stone fruits like peaches, plums for more flavor.
I’ve met many people mistaking this dessert for cobbler. While these two treats are often used interchangeably, they still have their distinct traits. Cobbler usually requires pastry dough as its topping, whereas crisps use streusel instead.
The most common choice for crisps is apple. But when fall comes, I’d go for the pear option for more autumn experience. This dessert is indeed an excellent comfort on any chilly night.
Take a look to see how crunchy these pear crisps are. You can see this video to know more:
I know it sounds bizarre combining pear with cookies. But believe me, it tastes more than delicious! Slightly chewy with various pear chunks inside, it’s impossible to stop at one cookie only.
Also, compared to other commercial cookies, this treat is much healthier. You can even make it with oatmeal for extra nutrients. Or if you just want a sweet dessert, feel free to add chocolate chips or caramel to the batter.
Unlike other baking desserts, this one requires less time and fewer ingredients. Most of the time, you just need to brush your pears with honey, cinnamon butter, or maple syrup before baking. Top them with oat streusel, pecans, or other nuts for extra crunchiness.
However, with this recipe, leave all the ripe pears out as they will turn mushy after baking. Just take those that are slightly soft. Baked pears are tasty on their own, but you can enjoy them with yogurt, chocolate sauce, or ice cream.
Fancy as it sounds, clafoutis is a fruit dessert with a custard center and a souffle-like top. Traditional recipes always make it with black cherries with their pits on.
As for me, I often choose pears over them because they smell amazing when baked. Their tender, juicy texture is also suitable for this dish. Dust it with some sugar, and here is your dream-like dessert.
Overcome your fear with pear clafoutis by following this recipe.
Just like its name, instead of placing the fruits on top, people will set them at the bottom of the pan first. Then, bakers will flip the pan onto a serving plate when the baking’s done, thus making the fruit layer face up.
There are countless fruit choices for this cake, and pear is one of them. With pear, make sure you use the fresh ones instead of those canned on the market to get the right flavor and texture.
The name “Bundt cake” doesn’t refer to any particular recipe, but more to its shape. As it’s made with a specialized-designed Bundt pan, this cake has a huge hole right in the middle of it.
Since there are no fixed recipes for it, Bundt cake varies with different ingredients like nuts, fruits, and ice cream. And in this cake, it’s pears. Also, because of its strange appearance, Bundt cake is often served with powdered sugar, drizzled glaze, or without any topping at all.
Recently, adding fruits to muffins has become a trend. And pears are an exciting option when you are too tired of all the berries or bananas. Juicy pear chunks hiding inside those normal-looking muffins are a big surprise for your kids.
This dessert tastes best with fresh pears, but you can use canned one instead. The flavor won’t change much, but you’ll lose a bit of texture. Make them with whole oats and less sugar, and you have a healthy breakfast for your family.
You can’t imagine how easy these pear muffins are. You might want to know more:
Another dessert with pears is bread pudding. Regular ones usually contain only bread, milk, eggs, and other flavor enhancers like syrups, honey, nuts, or spices. This time, I’ll mix pear with the bread cubes.
On this matter, stale or day-old bread is the most suitable since it can soak up all the liquid. Thus its flavor is elevated to the next level. Sometimes, I also place chopped chocolate at the bottom of the baking pan so it will melt and form a lovely crust.
If muffins are too small for you, it’s time to go bigger with these pear cupcakes. And while pears are hardly the first choice for classic dishes, they still make a fun change.
Also, if you want more fall flavor in these cupcakes, you should try combining blackberries with pears. They are as tasty as blackberries with apples.
However, since pears are easily overpowered, remember to garnish your cupcakes with delicate-flavored toppings like caramel or honey buttercream.
If you want to get a full taste of ripe pears, this custard pie is a must-try. Traditional recipes only ask for a plain mixture of milk, eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. That’s why when you add pears to this filling, there’s nothing to outshine your pears.
Also, this dish is super simple. The whole cooking process is just placing thin pear slices in a baking tray and pouring the egg custard mixture over. Then, you just need to wait until it’s baked thoroughly to dig in!
This gruyere pie is created to satisfy those who aren’t much of a sweet tooth. By including gruyere cheese into both crust and filling, this pie has an overwhelming, rich flavor that hardly any pie can compare.
If you can’t buy gruyere, choose some strong cheddar instead of milder ones so you can easily detect its taste. Aside from the cheese, you can add cinnamon and ginger to the crust for more autumn flavor.
With this recipe, your pear gruyere pie will become better than ever. You can see this video to know more:
Pear crumble pie is similar to regular pear pies, except for the crumble topping. You can make a typical crumble with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Or you can add pear cubes to it for a full pear flavor.
However, you should pay attention to the amount of butter used in the crumble. Too much, and yours will turn greasy. Too little, and yours are overdry.
Also, crumble pie tastes better the next day so remember to refrigerate it after baking.
Also made with pear crumble, these bars make a wonderful snack for your tea party. And compared to pear crumble pie, this one is easier to make. You can even make them on a daily basis and refrigerate the leftover ones for another event.
Moreover, with these bars, you can combine pears with other autumn fruits like cranberries or apples for more flavor without overbalancing the flavor.
If you are tired of all the typical pies, this recipe is your hero! Big enough to feed a whole crowd, slab pie is also delicious, with all the fruit flavor condensed into a thick puree.
Regular slab pie with mixed berries is delicious enough, but it’s time to change them to ripe, juicy, sweet pears when pear season comes. Of course, you can keep the berries in as both fruits go well with each other.
Pear slab pie tastes the best when warm, but it becomes better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Hot and cold, that mixture is hard to resist, right?
5 Fabulous Pear Desserts With Different Cooking Techniques
What if after all these cakes and pies, baking isn’t your thing anymore. So, what should you do with your pears? Don’t worry, you can still make pear desserts with several different methods like these below!
Poached pear has always been a high-class dessert in multiple restaurants, especially pear in wine. However, if you intend to make some for a family dinner, you can take a less traditional route by poaching them in maple syrup, chai tea, or honey.
This dessert looks beautiful whether you plate them whole or slice them in half. Just remember to serve these pears when they’re still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for more texture.
People would think you are a professional chef with this poached pear. You might want to know more:
Do you know one of the most effective methods to preserve your fruits’ flavor is by making them into jam? This is an excellent way when you have too many pears in store.
You should go light with all the seasonings for this jam since pears’ taste is quite delicate and can be easily overpowered. I often add only vanilla and a few warm spices like cardamom, ginger, or cinnamon.
These caramelized pears are easy, convenient, and no less delicious than those recipes above. All you need to do is cook your pears in butter, sugar, and water. It can’t be any easier, right?
Also, while this dish is delicious on its own, you can use them with other desserts like pancakes, waffles, cakes, etc. Just remember the riper your pears are, the faster you cook them. Or else, you’ll get a mashed pear instead.
You can see this video to know more:
I know apple turnovers are delicious but have you ever considered substituting them with pears as filling. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Pears are a bit softer but juicier instead, so you can feel their flavor cleared in every bite.
Caramel sauce is a perfect match with this pear turnover. But if you want something more exciting, then butterscotch is an ideal choice. It’s richer than caramel sauce, so be careful when adding it.
While you may mistake it for jam or other fruit preserves, compote refers to cooking fruits in sugar syrups and other flavorings until they turn soft. During cooking, chefs will add some liquid like juice, wine, or liqueurs. But be careful not to add too much since fruits will also release their moisture.
You can serve pear compote right away or store it in the fridge. However, unlike jam which lasts for a long time, compote can only survive for a few days.
One Word Of Advice
Since pears’ flavor is more delicate than most fruits, be careful with the flavor enhancers you choose and the amount you use as they can overshine the pears. Besides regular seasonings like sugar, salt, vanilla extract, you can use warm ones such as cinnamon for a full autumn flavor.
I hope with this article, pears will get more appreciation. Please share this with your mates, so they know how to do justice with their pears. And don’t hesitate to write any ideas you have regarding pear desserts via comment.