Baked Pears with Toffee and Walnut

A simple yet delectable treat, these juicy warm pears are sure to please. What’s more, you don’t have to be a master chef to make them. And since it’s mostly fruit, it’s bound to be healthier than your average treat. How’s that for points?

Keep reading to find out how you can make these yourself, at home…

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I’ve always wanted to try pears in the form of a dessert, since I had never used pears in that way before. For some reason, the idea of toffee with pear sounded like a marriage made in heaven. And right I was. This recipe is absolutely divine. It definitely exceeded my expectations. But don’t take my word for it, have a go at making them for yourself and see what you think.

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Serves 3

Ingredients

3 pears
A handful of walnuts (whole)
For the toffee:
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar (you can always adjust the amount of sugar, depending on how sweet you want it to be)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. Place greaseproof paper or foil onto a baking tray. Cut the pears in half and remove the core. Place onto baking tray. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes or until pears are tender. Once the pears are soft enough, place 1 or 2 walnuts into the centre of the pear, where you removed the seeds. Since the pears are now soft, the walnuts should stick easily to the centre of the fruit. Place the pears with the walnuts back into the oven for a further 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the pears and walnuts – you don’t want to overbake them!

Meanwhile, make the toffee by placing the butter and sugar into a saucepan and heating it up gently, stirring occasionally. When the mixture turns brown and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, you know it is ready. Turn the oven off and take the pears out. Drizzle a bit of toffee onto the top of the pears, in a zigzag pattern. You’ll want to do this before the toffee cools down. Once that happens, the mixture will harden. You’ll also want to pour water into your pan straight away, to make washing away any remainder of the mixture easier.

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And there you have it. Easy enough, right? Serve warm, as it is, or with a scoop of ice-cream.

I hope you try this dessert and enjoy it as much as I did!

XXX. Nina.

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