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Cooking and Baking with Pears

Pears are a popular, versatile fruit that can be enjoyed eaten fresh from the market, or cooked and baked in a variety of ways, too. Here are 20 inspiring recipes that will encourage you to include this seasonal item in all of your holiday feasts. Click the titles to get to the recipe!

Pear Infused Water

Pear Infused Water

Don’t just drink plain water, this fall-infused drink is a great way to spruce up water and make your guests feel a little extra special with some pear infused hydration!

Spiced Pear Chutney

Spiced Pear Chutney - Family Feedbag

(Photo Credit: Amy Bronee)

This seasonal, spiffed-up chutney is made with pears, onions and cranberries and warming spices like cumin, cloves and coriander. Use it to fancy up a platter of cheese and crackers when entertaining, or portion into tiny jars for an easy, edible gift to give this season.

Cast Iron Pear Tarte Tatin

Cast Iron Pear Tarte Tatin - Dinner with Julie

(Photo Credit: Julie Van Rosendaal)

This rustic dessert was designed for those who fear baking pie. Instead, you can impress your guests with this upside-down, one-pan dish that’s perfect for serving post holiday dinner.

Pear Spice Cake with Salted Caramel

Pear Spice Cake with Salted Caramel - Dinner with Julie

(Photo Credit: Julie Van Rosendaal)

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly complex ingredient list: this is really just an ordinary cake, slathered with frosting and topped with salted caramel. Bookmark it now for your next holiday dinner party!

Pear and Mezcal Mojitos

Pear Mezcal Mojitos

It’s not just warm holiday spices that can be enjoyed during the holidays! These pear and mezcal mojitos add a bit of spice while also being colourfully festive!

Spinach Salad with Pears, Pecans and Goat Cheese

Spinach Salad with Pears, Pecans, and Goat Cheese

(Photo Credit: Shareba Abdul)

Bring something healthy and seasonal to the table this holiday. Your vegetarian and gluten-free guests will thank you!

Savoury Pear Pizza

Savoury Pear Pizza

Slices of this simple, savoury pizza can be passed around appetizer-style at a holiday open house or cocktail party, or served up for a seasonal movie night instead of the regular old stand-bys.

Baked Pears with Honey and Goat Cheese

Baked Pears with Honey and Goat Cheese

(Photo Credit: Jennifer Maloney)

This 7-ingredient, make-ahead masterpiece will please eaters of all ages. If you aren’t keen on goat cheese feel free to replace it with your favourite blue or gorgonzola.

Herb and Pear Glazed Roast Turkey with Fig and Goat Cheese Stuffing

Herb and Pear Glazed Roast Turkey-034

Abandon the ordinary this season, and serve your guests a meal they’ll remember, thanks to the creative combination of fresh fruits and savoury staples. This turkey will deliver a feast your friends and family won’t soon forget.

Pears with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Pistachio

Pears with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

(Photo Credit: Sweet Potato Chronicles)

This ever-so-easy appetizer should be your go-to snack for the holidays. It’s healthy, simple, and looks lovely on a plate.

No Bake Pear Cheesecake

No Bake Pear Cheesecake

Dessert doesn’t need to be complicated and time-consuming this holiday season. This no bake cheesecake incorporates sweet, gently cooked pear in cinnamon and brown sugar for a warming sweet touch.

Pear and Walnut Focaccia

Pear Walnut Focaccia

(Photo Credit: Jennifer Maloney)

Serve with a side of gorgonzola, drizzle of honey and chilled Prosecco for a snacky bite your friends won’t be able to resist.

Wine Poached Pear Pie

Red Wine Poached Pear Pie

(Photo Credit: Janice Lawandi)

Combine two classic desserts – poached pears and pie – to create one of this season’s sweetest offerings. Serve with cold vanilla ice cream or lightly spiced whipped cream to complete any holiday meal.

Spiced Carrot and Pear Soup

Spiced Carrot and Pear Soup

(Photo Credit: Sofia Eydelman)

Not every festive spread needs to include chocolate and cheese, no matter how nice that seems. Soup makes an excellent first course for a winter dinner party, and can be served on it’s own with a side salad for a seasonal yet light lunch.

Pear and Pineapple Green Smoothie

Pear and Pineapple Green Smoothie

Overnight guests are sure to appreciate a respite from the typical overindulgences when you serve them this cleansing breakfast smoothie. High in iron, fibre and potassium, this nutrient-dense sip will be a welcome from the heavy food usually consumed over the holidays.

Pear Hummus

Pear Hummus

Dips are this season’s must-have party food, and this pear-infused version is a unique flavour combination that will elevate the usual offerings. Serve with soft pita triangles, cracks and crisps, or your favourite crudités.

Honey Glazed Pork Chops with Pear Chutney and Pear Fennel Salad

Honey-Glazed Pork Chops with Pear Chutney & Pear Fennel Salad

This fancy-sounding dinner is relatively simple to make and looks lovely on the plate thanks to the variety of textures in this dish.

Slow Cooker Pear Cider

Slow Cooker Pear Cider

(Photo Credit: Meg van der Kruik)

Every hostess needs a good party punch, and this pear provision offers a unique take on a classic sip. Feel free to add a splash of bourbon or spiced rum to make a spectacular festive drink.

 

 

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