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Baked pear halves on a white plate, each with a dollop of mascarpone and a drizzle of honey

Baked Pears With Mascarpone

The perfect finish to a meal, these baked pears with mascarpone are simple yet elegant. The honey emphasizes the natural sweetness of the pears, while the mascarpone adds richness.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 individual servings
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Gretchen

Ingredients

  • 3 pears
  • ½ cup mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons room-temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 5 cardamom pods

Instructions

  • Prepare. Preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C). Mix together the mascarpone and vanilla. Butter a baking dish with 1 teaspoon of room-temperature butter. Peel, halve, and scoop out the cores of the pears, coating the exposed surfaces in lemon juice.
  • Bake the pears. Put ½ teaspoon room-temperature unsalted butter into each scooped-out pear. Brush with melted butter, then turn over and brush the backs with butter. Bake face-down for about 25 minutes, then turn over and bake face-up for about 10 more minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Make the honey drizzle. While the pears bake, put the honey and water into a small pan. Crush the cardamom pods to release the seeds, then add. Heat for about 10 minutes on medium-low, not letting the honey go above a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat and set aside to steep.
  • Finish and serve the pears. When the pears are fork-tender, remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish or individual plates. Strain the infused honey. Fill each with a scoop of vanilla mascarpone, then drizzle the honey on top. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Sodium: 14mg | Calcium: 42mg | Vitamin C: 5mg | Vitamin A: 485IU | Sugar: 32g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 137mg | Cholesterol: 36mg | Calories: 286kcal | Saturated Fat: 9g | Fat: 15g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 39g | Iron: 1mg