baked asian pears
My friend's asian pear tree was ready to pick and she was kind enough to share.
They were great sliced, but it was chilly and I was looking for a warm fall dessert. Everything I read about them suggested they were a similar texture to apples so I took my usual apple bake and spiced it up a bit to really accentuate the pear flavor.
asian pear bake
6-8 asian pears peeled and diced (the texture can be a bit grainy, but I found cutting them into smaller pieces helped cook them through and reduce the graininess)
1/4 cup butter - chilled and cut into cubes
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place apples in bottom of 8 x 8 pan. Combine dry ingredients and use a pastry blender or fork to blend in butter. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the apples. Bake for 30-60 minutes or until it bubbles in the center.