Ah-mazing Baked Pears

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Again, I am thinking of Fall.  This was a last minute dessert idea.  My 7 year old daughter loves to be in the kitchen and I find that during the rush of dinner time, I will frequently either decline her offer of help, or give her a non food prep job, like setting the table.  At this particular dinnertime, she was having none of it.  She insisted on a better job, in fact she demanded that she would make dessert.  We don’t often have dessert during the week, and to be honest I was less than enthused about the idea of her contribution at the time.  I looked around and saw a basket of pears that had been ignored, and found inspiration there.  Baked pears.

Z was an enthusiastic chef, and we agreed on the ingredients: pears, pecans, cinnamon, honey.

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I was so glad that I decided to go with it.  She was SO proud of her creation, and they were SO delicious that I knew it would be a dessert that we make again.  I am thinking Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Seriously, this is so easy that a 7 year old can make it in about 7 minutes with minimal supervision.  WIN!

It is pretty well the easiest recipe ever:

  • 4 pears, halved
  • 1/4 cup of pecans, chopped
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • drizzle of local honey

Preheat your oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with parchment. Halve the pears, scoop out the core with a melon baller or small spoon, and slice a tiny bit from the back of each pear so that they are stable on your baking sheet.  Divide the pecans into the holes in the pears, sprinkle everything with cinnamon, then drizzle with honey.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  Serve 2 pieces per person, or one half pear alongside some vanilla ice cream if you prefer.  We just had the pears, and they were FANTASTIC!

Enjoy!

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