January 29, 2007

Baked Pear with Almonds & Raisins

I made this dessert for the New Year's, but somehow forgot to post it. We received a big box of Harry & David Riviera Pears for Christmas, but there's two of us! We ate a few, distributed a few, but by New Year's, we still had quite a few pears left.

Using the pears, I decided to make a simple dessert which incorporated the taste of the delicious, sweet pears. I scooped out the pears and filled it with saffron and cream soaked almonds and raisins, drizzled it with honey and let it bake. Everyone liked the taste and the dessert dish was licked clean by the end of the night. Here's how I made it.

3 pears
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup almonds - soaked for 30 min
2-3 strands of saffron
3-4 tbspoon heavy cream
1 tbspoon honey

Heat the oven to 350 deg F.
Meanwhile, crush the almonds and raisins. Soak the saffron strands in cream and mix it with the almonds and raisins. Set it aside.
Skin and halve the pears. Scoop out the middle of the pear. I used a ice cream scoop.
Fill the cavity with the almond, raisin and cream mixture.
Drizzle honey on top and set them on a tray.
Bake it for 10-11 min so that it mixes well together, but the pear is not crumbling apart.

Serve warm. It also tastes good with a scoop of ice-cream.


  1. wow, looks great! i think i'd have it with the recommended two scops of ice cream:)

  2. Coffee7:28 AM

    You bet it does tast good with ice cream!!!!!

    How did you think of this!!! :) Thats some innovation!!! It looks super YUmmy!!!!!!

  3. YUM!!YUM!!! Very creative and delicious dessert!:))Enjoy.

  4. wow mandira
    looks yummy..i have seen this recipe once in FOOD NETWORK.it is great to see here..

  5. Looks yummy! I may have to give this a try...with a scoop of blue bell.

  6. Pears with nuts and raisins and honey, what is not to like. Also loved the Cupcake and Muffin debate. Still have my doubts.

  7. Jacob - two scoops of ice-cream sounds good too!

    Coffee- it was really spur of the moment kind of dessert - delicious without much hard work :)

    Thanks Asha - it was a big hit with the guests

    Swapna - thanks, never knew this was an existing dessert recipe. And here I was feeling like a genius ;)

    Sandi - this is delicious. Do try... what is blue bell?

    ISG - thanks, it was quite delicious. The muffin & cupcake debate continues on...

  8. Looks soooooooo good!

  9. Wow! Try serving it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. It is heavenly.

  10. Thanks Alanna. It was yummy.

    RP - Thanks, will try it with vanilla ice-cream next.

  11. Blue Bell is the best vanilla ice cream in the world~ or at least in my world!

  12. Thanks Sandi, will have to check it out!


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