Desserts, Fall, Gluten Free

Roasted Pears with Ginger and Vanilla Bean

October 11, 2013

Roasted Pears with Ginger and Vanilla | Salted Kitchen

Four years ago, B and I went to a dinner event at the Beard House, and for dessert, beautifully poached ginger pears plated with ginger ice cream were presented before us. Inspired by this dessert and since pears are in season, I decided to give my hand at roasting them in ginger and vanilla bean. B doesn’t care for cooked fruit. He doesn’t like jelly or jams either. So I only roasted two pears to enjoy all weekend long by myself with a big scoop of ice cream.

bosc pears, vanilla bean, and ginger

I just realized this is the third post in a row where the recipe title starts with “roasted”. Hope you don’t mind. Your kitchen will be filled with aromas of ginger spice, warmth from the cinnamon, and vanilla as the pears roast in the oven. I used a wildflower honey which has a floral scent and pairs wonderfully with the spices. The cacao nibs add a crunch and bitterness that balances out the sweetness. Don’t forget to drizzle some of the ginger syrup on your ice cream. I might have even convinced B to at least try it.

Roasted Pears with Ginger and Vanilla | Salted Kitchen

Roasted Pears with Ginger and Vanilla Bean
inspired by Giada’s Kitchen

serves 4

2 firm ripe pears, halved and cored (such as bosc or anjou)
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean, split
1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
2 tablespoons cacao nibs
vanilla bean ice cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the pears cut side up in a small baking dish.

In a small saucepan, add the butter and honey. Stir together over low heat until melted. Stir in the ginger and cinnamon. Using a paring knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add them to the pan along with the vanilla bean. Stir together until well combined. Turn off the heat. Spoon the mixture over the pears, nestling the vanilla bean between the pears.

Cover and bake covered for 15 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and turn the pears over, cut side down. Bake uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Remove the dish from the oven. Discard the vanilla bean. Turn the pears over, cut side up. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and cacao nibs. Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzle remaining pan juices on top.

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  • Reply frugalfeeding October 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I want to cook with pears no. I never you – it’s strange. I’m thinking mulled wine poached pears.

  • Reply olioviadellafonte October 11, 2013 at 11:27 am looks delicious ! I’ll give a try !

  • Reply dinnerbysusan October 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Roasted pears are amazing! I even roast them with sweet potatoes and apples for savory meals. They taste like candy!

  • Reply Girl Dans la Cite October 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Holy cow this looks tasty! What beautiful photography!

  • Reply Ada ~ More Food, Please October 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    This looks like such a sophisticated dessert! I have never roasted pears, but I can imagine how delicious it could be. Bookmarking this recipe–thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lisa October 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Looks incredible! I’ve actually been craving hot roasted fruit lately as a dessert – I think I’ll give this a try! Thanks!

  • Reply Rise With the Birds October 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    This looks SO amazing.

  • Reply CateyLou October 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Roasted is an amazing word – I don’t mind at all! What a gorgeous looking dessert, so delicious!

  • Reply Geraldine October 12, 2013 at 4:26 am

    this looks fab!

  • Reply citymeetscountry October 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    This sounds decadent! Where does one find cacao nibs?

    • Reply Lattes and Leggings October 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Hi! You can find cacao nibs at whole foods for sure. I bet any specialty or health store would sell them too. Hope this helps.

  • Reply poppyvintageshop October 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Your photos are beautiful! Makes me want to make this dish right away.

  • Reply Audrey-58daydreams October 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Reblogged this on 58 Day Dreams and commented:
    I have a real appreciation for pears! I prefer the “Anjou” pear, over others.

  • Reply DellaCucinaPovera October 14, 2013 at 5:09 am

    love this. its very typical dutch to poach pears, too. gonna have a go with that scoop of ice cream :)

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    The pears are perfectly ripe here at home now too!

  • Reply catherinecuisine October 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    great idea! I love poached and roasted fruits….

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  • Reply Heather October 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I just love this recipe – I have been dying to try a roasted pear dessert with vanilla ice cream and caramel. Yours looks delightful!

  • Reply Sophie James October 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

    No apologies necessary. This is just the ticket. Roasting autumnal fruit will never go out of fashion. Gorgeous sumptuous photos too. Sophie

  • Reply Our Kitchen Inventions October 25, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Lovely. The photos are beautiful! When we visit Italy, one of our favorite desserts is “drunken pears”! What’s not to love about that, right??!? LOL!

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  • Reply Our Kitchen Inventions November 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Just posted the finished product from our brunch with friends over on our blog. Thanks for the recipe! Our plates were licked clean…Susan

    • Reply Lattes and Leggings November 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Hi Susan! You’re welcome. So glad you and your friends enjoyed the pears. Gorgeous photos too!!

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        Thanks! Hubby is the Photo Man and does a great job making our food look tasty. That dessert is one that will certainly be a “go to” for ease, looks, and taste.

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