Cinnamon Baked Pears drizzled in maple syrup smell heavenly coming out of the oven.
Baked pears are a warm addition to breakfast when combined with your favorite yogurt and granola. Baked pears also make a great dessert! We love a simple yet versatile dish.
Choose your baking spices
I love to add cinnamon and nutmeg to baked pears, and occasionally a splash of Vanilla Extract, but there are so many great Fall spice options. A squeeze of lemon over the top can help cut the sweetness if desired.
Try any combination of these spices:
- Try our homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe
Best Pears for Baking:
Bosc and Anjou (red or green) varieties are the best baking choices because they hold their shape and texture during baking. In a pinch, Bartletts and other varieties work fine, too. Avoid using Comice pears for cooking because the tender, juicy flesh tends to fall apart when baked whole or used in pies. Do not peel your pears because the flesh will soften when baked.
Baking time can vary based on ripeness
Baking time for pears will vary based on ripeness. If your pears are very ripe baking can be as short as 40 minutes. Less ripe can take up to 1 hour, 15 minutes. It’s easy to test to see if the pears are done. Just poke with a sharp knife or toothpick to see if the flesh gives easily.
The end result will be a beautifully soft pear, infused with maple syrup and cinnamon. When done baking a wonderful syrup will be at the bottom of the baking dish so be sure to pour that on top of your pears when you serve them!
So many ways to serve Cinnamon Baked Pears!
Serving baked pears can be as simple as spooning into a dish with some of the delicious syrup drizzled on top.
I love to add plain Greek yogurt and some granola to the bowl for a breakfast treat, or an afternoon snack.
These pears make an amazing dinner dessert. Imagine a 10-minute easy prep and then just baking your dessert while everyone eats dinner. Add some vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of Easy Salted Caramel Sauce for a complete hassle-free dessert. And, of course, your house will smell like heaven on earth!
Cinnamon Baked Pears
- 4 Pears, ripe, Bosc or Anjou
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp butter, or coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Halve the pears and scoop out the seeds and core. Place skin side down in a heatproof baking dish.
- Melt butter and whisk with maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Drizzle maple syrup sauce over the pears.
- Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for about 40 minutes for more ripe pears, or up to 75 minutes for less ripe pears. The syrup should be caramelized and the pears are soft but not mushy.
- Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and then spoon into serving dishes.