Though this jam gets its sweetness from fruit juice, not white sugar, it still has a ton of flavor thanks to cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla.
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A simple, rustic pear cake prepared in a cast-iron skillet from the "hasty cakes" chapter of "Vintage Cakes" takes very little time to assemble, but be sure to take your time enjoying it. With a buttery-crisp sticky bottom and soft center, it's a little hard to stop at one slice.
Pears are fantastic fruits: super juicy, indulgent, and with a fragrant floral flavor that makes them perfect for elegant desserts. We've collected our favorite sweet pear recipes, all of them ideal for the season. So the next time you think about making dessert this fall, you won't have to go straight for the apples.
Pears and grapes make an amazing team. You get all of the subtle, mellow flavor of pears, punctuated by bursts of tart, electric grape flavor. Make this pie now, while Concord grapes are still in season.
Highlighting the sweet freshness of autumn figs and pears, this jam is a fall favorite. Tart orange provides a touch of zip, while just a hint of cinnamon adds warmth for those shorter, cooler evenings.
This is the perfect tart for showcasing the colors and flavors of the fall season. The fruit caramelizes in a simple syrup of butter, sugar, and apple cider, making the apples and pears fork-tender over layers of flaky puff pastry.
For pear lovers, this jam is a must. I made it last week and I simply cannot stop eating it—with a spoon, straight from the jar. It combines juicy, mildly floral Bartlett pears with the seeds of a vanilla bean and generous pour of brandy. Try it with a cheese plate, or use it to dress up slices of simple gingerbread or pound cake.
As you might imagine, we've been spending a fair amount of time plotting our Thanksgiving meal lately, and much of that time has been devoted to finding a truly special dessert (or three) to end the feast. Well, we're happy to say that we've found that Thanksgiving showstopper of a dessert in Francine Segan's latest cookbook, Dolci: Italy's Sweets.
The scent of a pear tart baking is one of the great pleasures of fall, but we'll settle for cruising through this slideshow of your favorite homemade pear goodies. There are plenty of tarts in the mix, but also some pear spice cakes, some pear preserves, and a few other fancy ways to eat pears for dessert while they're in season.
Last Thanksgiving I was baking so many apple pies to fulfill orders at the restaurant, I couldn't bear to look at another one for my family's own holiday table. Instead, I decided to combine my favorite French tart with America's favorite dessert: pie. The result was pear and frangipane on steroids, complete with a flaky, golden brown crust, and layers of pear baked into the almond filling. My relatives became just as smitten with my Americanized version of the French classic.
One of fall's more elegant offerings is the sweetly aromatic quince. Available for just a few months in the early fall, this relative of the apple and pear is best enjoyed in cooked form rather than eaten raw, and just about perfect when baked into this Apple, Pear & Quince Galette.
This flourless chocolate cake is one of those deeply satisfying, intense desserts that overwhelm me, make me lose myself, willingly, in its mysteriously lush darkness, just like a walk in Central Park when the day ebbs and does little to induce you to step back into the lit and crowded streets.
Apples are everywhere in fall baking, but what about pears? Take away the ubiquitous fall red-wine-poached pear, you'll soon see that there are very few pear desserts out there. When you consider that the more popular member of the pome family is incorporated into nearly everything from pies to cobblers and brown bettys, it's a bit of a mystery as to why pears aren't treated with the same pastry-making regard, especially when you consider their wonderfully delicate, almost floral sweetness.
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.