By Melissa Phy / For the Love of Food
I don’t really eat dessert. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate it, because I love me some chocolate. But it’s just not something I consume — or make — very often.
My very good friend Annie was helping me brainstorm some ideas for blog posts and she suggested a fall-type dessert, a sort of teaser for the impending season.
We came up with baked pears with blue cheese and honey, and walnuts for texture (and because I had some in my freezer patiently waiting to be used up).
Delicious on their own. Dynamite when combined.
This recipe is super simple and a crowd-pleaser, perfect for when you want to impress company. Pears are in season and you can choose a local honey to showcase on this dish. It’s a savory dessert with enough sweetness to leave that tooth of yours satisfied.
And let’s be honest, you can never go wrong with blue cheese. Even for dessert.
Baked Pears with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Honey
What You Need
- 2 Bartlett or Anjour Pears, halved and cored
- EVOO, for drizzling
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2-3 Tbsp. blue cheese, crumbled (reach for the good stuff)
- 2-3 Tbsp. walnuts, toasted and chopped
- Your favorite honey, for drizzling
- Fresh thyme, optional
What You Do
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. On a lined baking sheet, lay the pear halves cut-side up. Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. If using thyme, sprinkle the leaves on.
3. Bake the pears for about 20 minutes.
4. Take the pears out of the oven and fill each half with blue cheese. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
5. Remove the pears from the oven and let sit for about 3 minutes. Add chopped walnuts on top and drizzle with honey. Serve one half to each guest.
6. Take a bite and realize how deliciously savory dessert can be.
Tips and Variations
- Toast the walnuts beforehand in the oven for about 5 minutes, or on a stove top in a dry pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Use pecans instead of walnuts.
- Top off with dried cranberries for even more of a fall flavor
- Sprinkle the pear with cinnamon or cardamom instead of salt and pepper before putting it in the oven for more of a sweet flavor.
- Use pears that are ripe, but firm.
- Skip the honey and make this an appetizer by serving it on top of arugula with a balsamic dressing.
Thank you Melissa (and Annie!) for this amazing can’t-wait-to-try-it recipe. You’ll laugh, but I had to look up EVOO (ya gotta love the Internet).
Thanks for the kinds words, Dianne! Sorry for my cryptic language! Glad the Internet came through for you :)
Dianne, I too had to look up what EVOO is.
I’m not much of a cook but sure will try this recipe, as I like all the ingredients and sounds easy to do.
Thanks all who’ve brought this to be.
Anna Daniels says
I read this recipe and it made my mouth water. The thought of a 365 degree oven, however, made my eyeballs sweat. So at the risk of causing all the foodies out there to clutch their EVOO to their collective hearts in horror, can you put the pears in the microwave instead for a few minutes and get pretty much the same results?
So happy to hear the recipe appeals to you! In my very humble opinion, 375 degrees isn’t too hot. I live in a tiny apartment with no air and poor insulation, and turning the oven up didn’t cause any extra, uncomfortable warmth. It’s only for 30 minutes.
However, I understand the need to conserve both cool temps and energy. I’m sure the microwave would work out, but I couldn’t tell you exactly how long to zap them for. Start with a minute and test it out from there. It might be as simple as two minutes in the micro, load on the blue cheese and warm it for another minute at half power? Experiment and get back to us ;)
Enjoy, Nancy! It’s easy and delicious— an unbeatable combination. Sorry for the confusion with EVOO. Welcome to the foodie acronym club now, though! ;) These pears are simple enough for anyone to make. Let us know how yours turned out!