Wednesday, August 25, 2010

favorite pear dishes?

 pears from our tree

mmmm pears
we just realized that we have a pear tree in our yard - we were pretty excited since pears are dan's favorite fruit! i can think of tons of ways to eat pears... paired with cheese for a light snack, on pizza with gorgonzola, made into a panini with some bri, mixed into pasta with parmesan and maybe asparagus...
but when it comes to baking, i'm just not sure what to do with them.
i was trying to come up with a way to bake them and have something to do with the girls today - i came up with pear bread and pear crumble, pear pie and pear tarts... but some of them looked pretty complicated or had ingredients that i didn't have on hand so we ended up making...well, nothing. pretty sad. so that this doesn't happen again, i thought i would ask you guys what your favorite pear dishes are, whether they be a snack, dinner or dessert i would love to know! i appreciated the few of you that shared some apple recipes with me when i did this post, so i'm hoping for some help here as well.
thanks in advance!



Laurnie said...

You have a pear tree?? Lucky!! I dont have any recipes, but a good website is You can punch in the ingredients you DO have, and they search all over the internet finding recipes with the ingredients in your kitchen.

Melinda said...

I LOVE a salad with roasted pears. I just drizzle the sliced pears with some olive oil and pop them in the oven for a bit. Then I add them to a salad with a light vinaegrette. Delicious. I also usually pair the salad with a nice steak!

Kel said...

Try this:


* 3 tablespoons raisins
* 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
* 1/4 teaspoon grated orange
* 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/4 cup water
* 1 tablespoon butter or
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 2 large pears


Combine raisins, nuts and orange peel; set aside. In a saucepan, bring brown sugar, water, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slice pears and place in an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish;

fill with raisin mixture. Pour sugar mixture over and around pears.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until pears are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Hope you enjoy!

~Ash~ said...

Spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, cranberries, Gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles glazed almonds and chopped PEARS! Yummo!

BuenoBueno said...

they just showed up? what tree???
i tried a\calling you today on my ride to austin....but it just wasnt going through.....
miss you!
have fun making delicious recipes!

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

i actually have no recipes for pears, but they are my FAVORITE fruit, and i could eat about six of them at a time! they're flojo's favorite fruit, too! you're lucky, i wish a pear tree just showed up in my yard!

xo bazilliongillion

Lindsey Muth said...

Hey mama! I'm your newest follower from the bloghop & wow, I just love your blog! The photos are amazing! I want to steal all your pears! And the anthro plates too! Watch out for me, haha!

I'd love it if you swung by my blog too!


Anonymous said...

I'm a new follower of your blog from Friday's Blog Hops. I wish I could help with the pears but I really don't know? Have a great weekend.

Living the Scream said...

I am following you from follow me chickadee. your pictures are awesome i love how you can even see the cuts on the cutting board! so cool

Marissa said...

YUM! A pear tree? how wonderful! My son LOVES pears. An easy idea we use them for, is pear pinwheels! Take a wheat tortilla, sprinkle shredded cheese and thinly sliced pears, microwave for 30sec., roll up and slice thin to serve! Great snack or lunch!! Found you on chickadee fridays! Cute blog :)

GREYZ said...

Hey Kass. I'm new here via Mannland5. Lucky to having a pear tree! I too, like most of the comments above, enjoy pears but don't have a recipe to share. I just enjoy eating it. :)

melismama said...

Hi I found your blog on Follow Me, Chickadee! I love it1 Love the fact that you have a pear tree and it opens up so many possibilities for yummo food to cook and eat. I love your blog and you seem like a great photographer...can't wait to follow you!


Traci66 said...

Hello. I am your newest follower via Chickadee Friday. I hope you will come follow me too.

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

What a pretty pretty blog!!! I'm a new follower from Follow Me Chickadee!! Glad to meet you!

Beth said...

Following you from Follow Me Chickadee...Like others, no recipe to share...but I love pears sliced in a spinach salad with toasted pecans and viniagrette dressing!

Hope you'll stop by to say hi!
Beth @ Two Monkeys & a Washtub

Bonnie said...

I make pear butter in my slow cooker. We eat some right away and I water bath process the rest for storage. Lucky you to have a pear tree, I use the pears from the vacant lot next to us. So happy to have a generous absentee neighbor who shares.

Erin said...

New follower from Follow Me Chickadee! Those look so delicious! Wish I had a recipe to share!

Amanda said...

I'm your newest follower :) I prefer my pears in a salad with nuts or right off the tree :)

I would love a follow back :)

Thank you :)


Fawn and Flower said...

Poached pears, gouda, and spinach panini! Amayzzzzzzang.

Anna said...

oh my gosh pears are my favorite fruit, you lucky duck! I always just eat them regular sometimes with some caramel.

Leigh said...

Take ham, d'anjou pears and white cheddar cheese and make a toasted sandwich or press in a panini press . . . you won't be sorry you did. :)