Brown Sugar Cinnamon Baked Pears
Topped with oats, brown sugar and cinnamon, these baked pears are the perfect low-calorie treat! Serve them with ice cream on the side for a delicious dessert, or eat them in the morning with yogurt for a perfectly sweet start to the day.
Fall is one of my favorite baking seasons! The house has finally cooled enough to turn on the oven, and there’s so much fresh fruit that tastes even better cooked. This baked pear dessert looks like a cobbler, which just happens to be one of my fall favorites! If you want a really good fall cobbler recipe, try this Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler or these delicious Mini Peach Cobblers. I can’t forget one of my new favorites, this Strawberry Cobbler!
Recipe for baked pears
I’ve eaten so many baked apples in my life that I can’t believe it took me until now to try a baked pear. If you love quick and easy fruity desserts, this recipe is for you! This baked pear packs all the flavor of a cobbler with half the work. I love how easily they were prepared and how they absolutely blew my guests away. This recipe calls for 3 pears, which will be enough for 6 servings, but you can easily double this recipe to feed a crowd!
One of my favorite ways to enjoy ripe fruit in the fall is to bake it! Cooking pears brings out all their natural sweetness and pairs so well with fall spices, like this homemade pumpkin pie spice. These pears are great hot or cold, so they make a great holiday breakfast snack. I love the versatility of the ingredients and had a wonderful time serving them to my guests. I will definitely be making them again soon!
baked pear ingredients
This recipe has 6 simple ingredients, but they’re really all you need to create a wonderful fall dessert! Switch up the ingredients to create all kinds of wonderful flavor profiles your family will love.
- Pears: I used D’Anjou pears for this recipe, but your favorite pear will work great! Just make sure they’re not overripe or they’ll turn mushy when you cook them.
- brown sugar: It adds that perfect sweetness to the crumble on top, you don’t want to skip that ingredient!
- Plain flour: I used all purpose for this recipe. This helps keep the filling together after baking.
- Oatmeal : You can use them old fashioned or instant as they will soften in the oven either way.
- Cinnamon: This adds the perfect warm fall flavor to the dish!
- Salt: A little salt brings out the flavors of all the ingredients!
- Butter: Since you are already adding salt, use unsalted butter. If you only have salted butter on hand, reduce the salt in this recipe.
Instructions for the pear in the oven
These baked pears take about 10 minutes to prepare and taste so good when baked that you’ll come back to this recipe time and time again! Personally, I loved having one for breakfast the next day.
- Preparation: Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit and spray a 13×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Slice: Wash and dry the pears, then cut them vertically in the center of each pear.
- Hollow: Use a melon baller or spoon to scoop out the seeds and create a small section to fill with the filling. I also like to cut a small section off the back of each pear to help them lay flat in the baking dish.
- Put in the dish: Place the pears in the prepared baking dish.
- Whip: In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and salt.
- Cut butter: Mix the chunks of butter with the ingredients and use a pastry blender, two knives, your fingers or anything else to cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
- Top pears: Sprinkle topping evenly over pears in prepared baking dish.
- Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes until the pears are tender.
- Serve: Serve with ice cream on top and/or a drizzle of honey for extra sweetness!
Other Topping Ideas
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s so easy to change it up and customize it! Here are some ideas for other delicious toppings you could use to take that baked pear to the next level.
- Nuts: Walnuts, pecans or slivered almonds add extra flavor and nutrients!
- Honey: Instead of brown sugar, use honey! This natural sugar is sweet and you can use less of it to get the same great taste.
- Vanilla Frozen Yogurt: If you’re looking to keep this recipe lower in calories but don’t want to miss out on a creamy side, vanilla frozen yogurt is the perfect pair (see what I made there?).
- Maple syrup: Another substitute for brown sugar, maple syrup goes perfectly with the flavor of pear and cinnamon!
- apple pie spice: If you keep this spice blend on hand like I do, use it! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and ginger take this baked pear recipe to the next level!
What types of pears to use:
Feel free to use any type of pear for this recipe, your favorite pear is the best pear! I LOVE using D’Anjou pears, but any pear works great. I always use Asian pears during the holidays when I want to impress my guests with a more sophisticated presentation. It helps if the pears are ripe but still slightly firm. If the pears are overripe, they will become too soft when you cook them. If the pears are not ripe, they will take longer to cook, so be sure to adjust the time according to the ripeness of your pears.
How to store your leftovers
These baked pears make perfect leftovers because they can be enjoyed hot or cold!
- In the refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge, but I doubt they will keep that long before eating!
- To reheat: These reheat easily in the microwave or oven, and are just as good! They can also be eaten cold with yogurt for a good breakfast.
Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit and spray a 13×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Wash and dry the pears, then cut them vertically in the center of each pear.
Use a melon baller or spoon to scoop out the seeds and create a small section to fill with the filling. I also like to cut a small section off the back of each pear to help them lay flat in the baking dish.
Place the pears in the prepared baking dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and salt.
Mix the chunks of butter with the ingredients and use a pastry blender, two knives, your fingers or anything else to cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle topping evenly over pears in prepared baking dish.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes until the pears are tender.
Serve with ice cream on top and/or a drizzle of honey for extra sweetness!
calories186calories (9%)Carbohydrates29g (ten%)Protein1g (2%)Big8g (12%)Saturated fat5g (25%)Polyunsaturated fats0.5gMonounsaturated fat2gtrans fat0.3gCholesterol20mg (seven%)Sodium65mg (3%)Potassium137mg (4%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar18g (20%)Vitamin A260UI (5%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium24mg (2%)The iron1mg (6%)
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and serving sizes per household.