These Cinnamon Almond Baked Pears topped with homemade gooey caramel sauce warms even the coldest autumn days.
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Before starting a food blog—and definitely before these delicious Cinnamon Almond Baked Pears—I thought that caramel sauce came from melting down the individually wrapped caramels that weird houses give out at Halloween. Really.
To me, those little squares were the only type of caramels available, as if it were some impossible-to-create concoction that only scientists and food manufacturers could make for us. I had no idea that caramels (and in this case, the gooey version, caramel sauce) could be made at home with ingredients you most likely already have on hand.
In fact, the caramel sauce for these Cinnamon Almond Baked Pears only takes about 10 minutes and you have a little bowl of fresh, warm, gooey caramel sauce ready for you to drizzle over your pears. (Or in my case, eat half of while my boyfriend watched with judgemental eyes.)
While the caramel sauce isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe, it’s quite easy and only requires the ability to stir frequently and avoid the occasional bubble pop of hot caramel coming your way. I think of it as my ‘workout’ before getting to eat hundreds of calories; arm movement is totally a workout! Yes, that’s what I keep telling myself.
Also, pears are fruit, right? Yes, they are! Eat two halves and you have yourself a serving of fruit. Healthy eating is integral to this blog, if you haven’t noticed.
At the end of the day, these Cinnamon Almond Baked Pears are the perfect warm fall treat, combining warm baked fruit, pure maple syrup, some healthy nuts, and a bit of unhealthy (but delicious) caramel sauce. All in moderation, folks.
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Total Cost = $2.75 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 4 semi-firm Bosc pears
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp. salted butter
- ¼ cup heavy/whipping cream
- Pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a large casserole dish with cooking oil and set aside.
- Take the pears and cut them in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds of each pear half in a circular direction to make a small divot. Lay pears cut-side up in the prepared dish; set aside.
- In a small bowl or a measuring cup, mix the maple syrup and cinnamon well. Pour over the pears, aiming to get the majority of the liquid on top rather than on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with almonds.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes, depending on the firmness of your fruit. I'd recommend checking in after the 20 minute mark, especially if your fruit is very soft to begin with.
- While the pears are cooking, prepare the caramel sauce. Pour the granulated sugar into a small saucepan and heat on medium heat, stirring constantly. Eventually, the sugar will clump then liquidize and turn lightly brown/yellow. Once all of the sugar is completely melted, add in the butter and stir continuously until all the butter is melted and the mixture is mixed well (about 2-3 mins).
- Slowly pour in the whipping cream while stirring rapidly. Once all cream has been poured in, mix a few times to combine then stop stirring and let boil for 1 minute.
- After 1 minute, remove from heat and add in a pinch of sea salt. Set aside until pears are done.
- Once pears have finished baking, remove from oven. Drizzle with prepared caramel sauce (you can heat it up in a microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds if it has cooled) and serve immediately.
Caramel sauce from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Pears and concept are Crumb Kitchen originals.
4 semi-firm Bosc pears = $1.20
1/4 cup pure maple syrup = $0.48
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon = $0.14
2 tbsp. sliced almonds = $0.25
1/2 cup granulated sugar = $0.09
3 tbsp. salted butter = $0.18
1/4 cup heavy/whipping cream = $0.40
Pinch of sea salt = $0.01
Why it’s Cheap
Given the time of year, you’ll most likely have all of these ingredients at home. If you don’t, a trip to the grocery store to pick up Bosc pears (very cheap nowadays) is easy.
Make it More Budget-Friendly
If you really need to, you can substitute table syrup for the pure maple syrup, but you’ll lose a lot of that delicious flavour. Feel free to leave out the almonds, or swap in another nut or topping that you have on hand.