Maple-Bourbon Baked Pears
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Recipe type: Dessert, brunch
Cuisine: Holiday, Fall, Winter
Serves: 4-8 servings
  • 4 ripe pears (I like Bartlett pears for baking)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil, vegan butter or real butter
  • ½ cup real maple syrup
  • 2½ tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • A couple pinches ground cloves
  • A couple pinches sea salt (to taste)
  • Water as needed
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚ F.
  2. Peel and halve the pears. Use a melon baller or metal teaspoon to scoop out the seeds, and a paring knife to cut out the core.
  3. Spread the coconut oil evenly on the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle or dust the cinnamon evenly over both sides of the pears. Arrange the pears face down in the baking dish.
  4. In a small liquid measuring cup or bowl, stir together the maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and a couple pinches salt.
  5. Pour the maple syrup mixture into the pan around the pears. Bake for 35-45 minutes, spooning the liquid over the pears every 15 minutes or so. Bake until the liquid has a pourable syrup consistency but has not thickened too much or hardened into candy. If the syrup has become too thick, add a little water, whisk it into thicker syrup and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes, until it reaches the desired texture.
  6. Serve warm, over vanilla ice cream if desired. After baking, these pears can be cooled and refrigerated for 1-2 days and reheated in a 325˚ oven before serving.
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