Slideshow: 16 Great Pear Desserts To Make This Fall

Pear and Frangipane Pie
Pear and Frangipane Pie
The combination of spiced, poached pears and frangipane, a custard-like, almond confection is harmonious. This open face sweet is a particularly gorgeous centerpiece for a dinner party table.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Ricotta Pear Cake
Ricotta Pear Cake
The combination of toasty hazelnuts and brandy poached pears is perfect for fall, and adding creamy whipped ricotta can make anything exponentially more delicious.

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[Photograph: Ellen Silverman]

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Spiced Pears
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Spiced Pears
This recipe is dense with vibrant egg yolks, lightened with meringue, and saturated with bittersweet chocolate. The ginger-and-pepper spiced wine-poached pears that top this cake are fiery orange, tinted with beet.

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[Photograph: MarĂ­a del Mar Sacasa]

Goat Cheese Tart with Pears
Goat Cheese Tart with Pears
Gamey goat cheese pairs fantastically with pear. The tart's sweetness is mild, making it a good ending to a heavy meal.

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[Photograph: Tam Ngo]

Pear and Concord Grape Pie
Pear and Concord Grape Pie
Concord grapes and mild, sweet pears (Bosc or Bartlett are good varieties to use) work well together in this classic, deep dish style pie.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Pear Cranberry Crisp
Pear Cranberry Crisp
This easy to assemble dessert makes a great end to a large thanksgiving meal (or a super indulgent brunch.)

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[Photograph: Robin Bellinger]

Poached Pears
Poached Pears
Poached pears make a great dessert on their own, or you can use them to make other, super moist baked goods. We like them in an elegant glass with a touch of whipped cream.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Cider-Poached Pears with Yogurt and Toasted Almonds
Cider-Poached Pears with Yogurt and Toasted Almonds
This dessert is elegant and fairly easy, extravagantly spiced, just barely sweet enough, and filled with fruit flavor. The bonus? It makes an awesome breakfast the next day.

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[Photograph: Kristen Swensson Sturt]

Brandied Vanilla Pear Jam
Brandied Vanilla Pear Jam
For pear lovers, this jam is a must. It combines juicy, mildly floral Bartlett pears with the seeds of a vanilla bean and a generous pour of brandy.

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[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Autumn Jam with Pears, Mission Figs, and Cinnamon
Autumn Jam with Pears, Mission Figs, and Cinnamon
Sweet pears and figs get a leg up from tart orange juice, and a touch of cinnamon grounds the entire experience. We like this spread on fluffy raisin scones.

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[Photograph: Stephanie Stiavetti]

Roquefort and Walnut-Stuffed Roasted Pears with Sauternes Syrup
Roquefort and Walnut-Stuffed Roasted Pears with Sauternes Syrup
The sweet firmness of the pears, the piquant creaminess of the Roquefort, the earthy crunch of the walnuts, and the sweetness of the Sauternes syrup make this a dish for all seasons, a perennial trooper you can trot out when you want to feed someone, appear refined, and not lift a finger.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Bartlett Pears a la Mode
Bartlett Pears a la Mode
Pears, like so many fruits, just get better when grilled. A double boost of the natural sugars and a buttery, sugary coating crisp and sweeten the pears, forming a crackling crust. Vanilla ice cream melts slowly over the hot pears for a final, drool-worthy touch.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]