Recipe: Baked Pears With Honey Whipped Cream
One of our favorite events every summer is The Sylvia Center’s Farm-to-Table dinner, hosted by Great Performances in the fields of Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, N.Y. The mission of The Sylvia Center is to inspire young people and their families to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Jenn So, director of programs at The Sylvia Center, offers us recipes the teenagers are learning to make.
This elegant and simple Baked Pear with Honey Whipped Cream recipe is an amazing last minute addition to any meal or dinner party. The pears become soft and caramelized when baked, and the natural sweetness from the fruit and honey are a perfect combination. You can substitute olive oil instead of butter, or yogurt instead of whipped cream for a healthy (yet equally as delicious) version. We made these with our teen students last week and even those who had declared that they hated pears were eager for seconds!
Baked Pears with Honey Whipped Cream
Serves 12 (1/2 pear per person)
6 Bosc pears, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored
4 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
12 fresh mint leaves, minced finely
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup of honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Brush the pears with butter and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Place pears cut-side down on the baking sheet.
3. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the pears are caramelized and tender. Transfer the pears onto a platter, cut-side up, and allow them to cool until warm.
4. Meanwhile, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks. Gently fold in vanilla extract and honey.
5. Fill each pear with a spoonful of the whipped cream and sprinkle with mint.