We love to cook with seasonal ingredients whenever possible, so our focus this holiday season is on these maple roasted pears. This recipe has quickly become a favorite because it’s simple to make, but is a beautiful blend of flavors and textures! These pears are drizzled with a blend of vanilla and maple syrup, and roasted until soft. Then we serve them warm with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a generous sprinkle of a homemade brown sugar crisp crumble.
*You can make these dairy free by using vegan butter and your choice of dairy free vanilla ice cream!*
3-4 Slightly slightly unripe pears
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Butter (separated)
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
Vanilla Ice Cream
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Place the crisps in a ziplock bag and crush them into very small pieces.
Set a small pan on low heat and add one tablespoon of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the crushed up crisps, and the brown sugar. Mix frequently while letting the crisps cook for 2-3 minutes. Then turn off the heat, and scoop the crisps onto a plate to cool off.
Slice each pair in half and use a spoon to scoop out the center where the seeds are. Set a cast iron pan on the stove to medium-low heat and add the other tablespoon of butter. Once it melts, gently place the pears cut side down onto the pan. Allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes, then turn off the heat and flip them over. Drizzle the pears with the maple syrup and vanilla mixture and then put the cast iron pan into the oven to begin roasting.
Allow the pears to roast for 15-18 minutes, until soft and warm all the way through. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the pears to cool for 3-4 minutes before serving. Use a fork to gently plate them, and serve with a small scoop of ice cream and generously sprinkle the brown sugar and crisp crumbles on top.