Simple yet elegant baked pears drizzled with maple syrup and spiced with cinnamon, sugar, ginger and nutmeg. Serve them with an easy vanilla whipped mascarpone and crumbled walnuts for a tasty dessert.
This simple dessert requires few ingredients and hits all the comforting flavours needed for something good. Baked pears become deliciously sweet and are dusted in just the right amount of spices to taste warm and cozy. The whipped mascarpone melts from the warm pears just like ice cream on an apple crisp.
Any pear that is not overly ripe can work for this dessert. Choose pears that are blemish free and yield slightly to pressure but are still firm for the best appearance.
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment. Wash pears and remove the core using a spoon or melon baller. Remove enough for 2 TBS of filling.
2. Place pears on baking tray. Drizzle overtop each pear the maple syrup. Dust with spices and bake for 30 minutes.
3. During the final stages of cooking whip the mascarpone. Add to a food processor or blender and blend for 1-2 minutes until it begins to resemble whipped cream. Add the vanilla and blend for an additional minute. For a stronger vanilla taste add more.
4. To serve: dollop each pear with 2 TBS of whipped mascarpone, top with crushed walnuts and additional cinnamon or nutmeg if desired. Serve immediately.