So it is January, the month of fresh starts and big goals. We all know what it feels like to make the resolution to eat healthy only to toss that aside a few weeks later. It is really hard to stay on top of this goal and really make it a habit. BUT today I made these incredible roasted pears. I am actually eating one right now, and they are so yummy that I keep stopping mid typing to get just one more bite. They are SO. GOOD.
First, pears are in season, so they are plentiful and cheap right now! Score!! Also, this is a super simple, healthy dessert that is impressive and comforting.
I think that any fruit drizzled with honey, topped with butter, and sprinkled with sugar would make me weak in the knees. This is a throw together dessert that you nor your guests will forget about. The honey melds together with the butter and grapefruit to make the most delicious pan sauce. When spooned over the top…hello heaven on a plate. I am not exaggerating at all, remember I am eating these as I write this!
Not only is this dessert tasty but it is so pretty! The pears turn a very caramel color and get all pruny, oh they are just stunning, like something you would get at a fancy steakhouse. Now, go make these tonight! You will be so happy.
- 1/4 cup honey
- zest of half a grapefruit
- 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
- 1 1/2 - 2 pounds of ripe but firm pears (I used Bosc, but any will do)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Slice pears in half lengthwise from stem to base. Remove the core and seeds. Place into a baking dish core side up. Top with butter, honey, sugar, zest. Add grapefruit juice and water to pan.
- Place in preheated oven for 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the pan juices. After 30 minutes turn pears over face down. Place back in oven for 25-30 minutes more until you meet no resistance when you insert a paring knife into the thickest part of the pear.
- Serve warm with a dollop of creme fraiche, mascarpone cheese, or ice cream. Drizzle with pan sauce and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!