'pears' on Serious Eats

Preserved: Brandied Vanilla Pear Jam

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. More

Share Your Sweets: Pear Desserts

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. More

Pie of the Week: Pear and Frangipane Pie

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. More

Bake the Book: Ginger-Pear Skillet Cake

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. More

12 Pear Recipes We Love

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. More

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