It’s so easy to make these maple vanilla roasted pears – prep takes about ten minutes and they cook in fifteen. You just need pears, maple syrup, lemon juice, and a vanilla bean. Make the effort to get the real vanilla bean because that’s what makes the syrup so divine and infuses the pears with a deep rich vanilla flavor.
Seeing how they turn out is sort of impressive, especially if you leave the stems on. My trick is to pop out the core with a melon baller – it makes them come out perfectly cored and ready to be served warm from the oven with some ice cream on top, as my kids did, or just a little granola if you’re being disciplined.
I also chopped them up and layered them with some spiced nuts & seeds and greek yogurt to make a yummy breakfast parfait. I’ll post the spiced nuts and seeds recipe shortly; which is also so versatile I’ve been sprinkling it on everything.
- ½ C pure maple syrup
- 1 vanilla bean
- 6 small or 4 large pears
- juice of one lemon
- Preheat oven to 350º F/ 170º C
- In a bowl, combine maple syrup with lemon juice.
- Split vanilla bean down the middle with a knife, then scrape out the seeds with the tip of your knife and add to the maple syrup mixture. Whisk to combine.
- Peel, halve, & core the pears and place them facing up in a square baking dish.
- Pour vanilla maple syrup over top of the pears.
- Roast, covered with foil for 10 minutes. Then uncover & roast another 5 minutes until tender & caramelized at the edges. When a knife insert through the pear without resistance they are done.
- Serve hot with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle or chop them up and store with syrup in a jar to be used on top of yogurt, oatmeal, or eaten as is.