Pears and walnuts and Roquefort, oh my! [Photo: Kerry Saretsky]

How do I love pears? Let me count the ways. Well, I suppose Elizabeth Barrett Browning may not have had pears on the brain, but it only seems possible to sum up our love for the delectable fruit in a multitude of ways. One: pears are the nectar of the gods. Two: pears may even taste better when over-ripened. Three: there are tons of dessert recipes that use the delicious things! Here are 12 of our favorite ways to use pears in desserts. Go forth and bake!

Roquefort and Walnut-Stuffed Roasted Pears with Sauternes Syrup: Set off the sweetness of Sauternes-glazed pears with creamy, piquant Roquefort cheese and earthy walnuts.

Pear Cranberry Crisp: This crumbly pear and cranberry delight makes the perfect dessert or breakfast dish served with a generous helping of crème fraîche.

Cider-Poached Pears with Yogurt and Toasted Almonds: this secretly healthy recipe is spiced with vanilla and star anise, with just enough sweetness.


[Photo: Carolyn Cope]

Apple-Pear Sauce: With a superbly uncomplicated recipe, this apple-pear sauce is a no frills fruity treat.

Pascal Rigo's Goat Cheese Tart with Pears: What could be better than smooth, savory goat cheese topped with sliced pears and drizzled with caramel syrup?

Butterscotch Pudding with Sautéed Pears: rum-spiked butterscotch pudding benefits from a topping if citrus-spiked pears.

Caramel Pears: A grown-up version of caramel apples—these sticky treats are held with cinammon sticks and coated in toasted hazelnuts.

Apple (or Pear) Bacon Crisp: Salty, savory bacon plus pears (or apples), sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg? Yes, please.

Bartlett Pears a la Mode: Warm grilled pears form a caramelized crust that harmonizes perfectly with a dollop of cool ice cream.

Pear Tarte Tatin with Lemon and Anise: You can use frozen puff pastry for this simple but elegant dessert.

Pear and Ginger Cake: Firm pears, ground almonds, and preserved ginger make this cake delicious.

Miss Oleda Halliburton's East Pear Pie on a Baking Sheet: A heaping pile of cinnamon-spiked pears are wrapped in a simple crust and baked until golden.


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