I don't eat pears very much. They bruise very easily and I find by the time I get to work they are not looking so pretty. In the fall I like to have pears. Even though there a lots that are in season in the summer, something about them makes me think they are a fall fruit. Maybe because the are similar in texture to apples. This week I had bought an assortment of pears to give them a try and to see how I would do at cooking them; something I have never done before.
I was surprised to find out when looking up the nutritional information on pears that they are a good source of copper. I was told recently that recently on TV someone was saying that a lot of vegan people are not able to get enough copper in their diets because it is not found easily in vegan food. Well... yesterday I noted that pumpkin seeds are a good source and apparently so are pears! They are also a good source of vitamins C and E and a great source of fibre. Pears make an excellent snack and a nice switch from the apple a day philosophy.
So beyond just eating a pear, what else can you do with them? Well I tried baking and poaching pears into quick and easy desserts. both took 30 minutes to make with little prep time and the finish product is a great way to serve a healthy dessert to your family, friends... whoever
Baked Pear Crisp
- 2 pears (I used apple pears, but Bartlett or red would be another good choice)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 brown sugar
- 1/2 rolled oats (Quick cooking or regular)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup melted butter, plus 1 Tbsp for drizzling
To prep your pears, chop in half vertically and remove the core with a spoon. You can peel the pears if you want, but I didn't. Pre-heat your oven to 375 F.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour the melted butter on the dry ingredients (except for about a Tbsp) and mix until everything is combined. With a spoon, scoop the mixture and stuff it in the pears. drizzle the remaining butter on top and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the pears are cooked through. Serve with vanilla coconut ice cream or whip cream (vegan, of course). They are great warm or cold.
|And.. After! Imagine ice cream on top of this. I was out|
I plan to have these for breakfast tomorrow too :)
Wino Poached Pears
- 2 Bartlett pears, peeled cored and sliced in half
- 1 cup of red wine (get something you would have a glass of too)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 2" cinnamon stick
- 1 lemon, juiced (about 1 Tbsp)
- 1 pinch of salt
Combine all the ingredients expect for the pears in a sauce pot and bring it to a boil. add the pears and pour some of the liquid on top of the pears and reduce it to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until you can easily pierce the pears with a knife.
|Make sure to pour some of the liquid on top of the pear when they are cooking.|
Serve with some of the liquid. They don't need anything else.... except maybe a nice glass of wine :)
|If you have fresh mint, it would make a perfect garnish.|