baked asian pears

I found a box of these on my doorstep last week.

My friend’s asian pear tree was ready to pick and she was kind enough to share.

They were great sliced, but it was chilly and I was looking for a warm fall dessert.  Everything I read about them suggested they were a similar texture to apples so I took my usual apple bake and spiced it up a bit to really accentuate the pear flavor.

asian pear bake

6-8 asian pears peeled and diced (the texture can be a bit grainy, but I found cutting them into smaller pieces helped cook them through and reduce the graininess)

1/4 cup butter – chilled and cut into cubes

1 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place apples in bottom of 8 x 8 pan.  Combine dry ingredients and use a pastry blender or fork to blend in butter.  Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the apples.  Bake for 30-60 minutes or until it bubbles in the center.

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