Recipe

Baked Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pears

This might be my new favorite breakfast. It’s easy, it’s fairly healthy and it’s so flippin’ delicious. While the pears were baking, I was having trouble walking away from the oven, because the smell was so lovely.

This dish has the same flavor profiles of a heavier breakfast like French toast, but without the guilt and without making you feel like you need a nap after. Not that I’m knocking French toast! (I had a recipe for that posted a couple weeks ago) French toast, a couple mimosas, that’s heaven. But this is just as heavenly.

Yields 2 servings.

  • 3 pears
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp honey, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp granola
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Peel the pears, cut them in half and remove the cores and seeds. Place them cut side down in a small baking dish or pan. Make sure there’s not a lot of extra negative space, you want them packed in so the sauce doesn’t spread out on the bottom of the pan. I actually fit my pears in a bread loaf pan.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, honey, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir over low heat until the butter is fully melted.
  4. Pour the sauce over the pears and bake for 30-35 minutes until the pears are soft and carmelized.
  5. In two bowls, put a cup of Greek yogurt topped with 2 Tbsp of granola and drizzle with a little honey. Serve with 3 baked pear halves in each bowl. If there’s excess sauce in the baking pan, drizzle it over the pears and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Play around with the yogurt toppings. We had cherry vanilla granola in the pantry and it was great. But any granola, dried fruits or nuts would work. What you are looking for is that crunch element, because the pears and yogurt are both so soft in texture.

I am obsessing over this because the textures are great, it looks great, it tastes great and (holy $#!+) it smells great. Four out of five senses, not bad. Maybe next time I’ll put on some smooth jazz or 90s R&B to really bring it home.

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