In the fall, we can count on farmer's markets and our local grocery store to have a wide variety of pears available. It's pear season after all! Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Red Bartlett, Concorde, Seckel, Forelle, and Starkrimson are types of pears readily available and delicious in their own unique way.
Some pears offer more sweetness than others while some are better for baking. Their texture can also vary from firm to soft, depending on the variety. Take the Starkrimson for example. This type of pear can have a lingering taste of perfume. Not exactly appealing when eaten raw. But when it is baked, it loses that hint of perfume and it quite delicious.
Before roasting and after:
I have always preferred a firm pear over a soft one. So the Anjou pears are a definite favorite and for the most part, readily available during most of the year. I love cooking with Bosc pears as they have a firm texture which holds up quite well whether you bake it or poach it. They also have a unique sweetness with an earthy tone.
But in the fall, I seem to gravitate towards the Comice pear. It has such a beautiful appearance with its jeweled toned hues of green and red. So reminiscent of fall. Not to mention the fact that Comice pears are seasonal so you definitely want to enjoy them while they are around.
I love this simple way of roasting pears. You are mostly relying on the natural flavor from the pears along with a hint of some spices. No added sugar is required to make this sweet side dish. You can use whatever variety of pears appeal to you. The roasted pears will compliment a variety of your main course meals. They are also fantastic for breakfast- on top of some pancakes or in some oatmeal...Yum! Another way to enjoy them is dessert with some vanilla ice cream or simply top them with some coconut whip.
3 organic pears, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch think
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
optional toppings: pecans or dried cranberries
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Peel and slice the pears and place them in a bowl. Drizzle the lemon juice over the pears and toss.
3. Add the spices and melted coconut oil. Toss until evenly coated.
4. Place your baking sheet in the oven and roast the pears for about 20 minutes. They should be tender but not too soft. Top with pecans and enjoy! Makes 4-6 servings.