With each passing season comes the scents and flavors that trigger fond memories. The smell of cinnamon always embodies fall in my mind. This year cinnamon accompanied by baked pears will be the fall staple in our home. In the years to come, I hope the smell of this dish is what we associate with one of my favorite times of the year. Baking them only requires a few simple steps. Set aside all doubt that you can’t create a masterpiece in your kitchen because I have no doubts that you can! They will have your home smelling heavenly in no time and the smell of cinnamon will remind you of the warmth they brought to your home.
To be honest, I favor blueberries and strawberries more than pears. They just aren’t my thing. I should rephrase that. They weren’t my thing until recently. After making a random purchase of pears at the store in hopes of switching up my fruit intake, I was at a loss for what to do with them. As the chill in the morning air increased, and the evenings grew cooler, baking them seemed like the ideal solution. Little did I know how easy it would be and yet how decadent the final result would appear.
The process of baking pears doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. After a long work day, I crave simplicity in the kitchen. If you’re like me, the to-do list is never-ending and preparing dessert with dinner isn’t the first thing on my mind. But peeling and coring pears is no sweat and takes only a few minutes. Once it is topped with butter and sprinkled with that lovely cinnamon, they are oven ready!
Another thing I love about this recipe is that you can prepare the toppings while the pears bake. Balsamic reduction is a cinch and the other two toppings just need to be taken out of the refrigerator! As the pears come out of the oven, they will be soft and bubbling to perfection. When each pear is topped with creamy Stonyfield Greek Vanilla yogurt, garnished with a bright red raspberry, and drizzled with sweet balsamic reduction, you better believe you are in for a memorable treat!
As if the flavor of the these little creations isn’t enticing enough, let’s talk about the scent of pears baking in the oven! The smell of butter infusing into pears dusted with cinnamon will provide your home with a fragrant and cozy aroma that lingers for hours. It can’t help but bring a smile to your face as you open the oven door just to inhale the sweet smell. This easily becomes much more than a recipe. The combination of flavors and scents shift to an experience you will want to create in your home.
As the sun kisses the brightly colored trees, and the air grows colder with each passing day, create an edible memory that will last a lifetime with the ones you love. Get your oven heated, your stove cooking, and your toppings prepped! Pears may quickly become one your favorite fruits in just a few easy steps, and your home will be infused with the essence of Autumn.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut all pears in half and use a spoon to core the inside. Place all pears in a 9 x 13 nonstick pan. Cut up the two tablespoons of butter and distribute evenly among the pears. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon (or to taste) of cinnamon over the pears. Bake for 30 minutes. While the pears are baking, rinse and dry the raspberries. Set aside. In a small sauce pan, pour the balsamic vinegar and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low for about ten minutes. Stir frequently to reduce sticking. Set aside to cool.
Once the pears are soft, let cool for about 10 minutes. Top with Stonyfield Greek Vanilla yogurt and a raspberry. Use a spoon to drizzle the balsamic reduction over top. Enjoy!