Thursday, May 17, 2007

Baked Pears

Baked Pears with creamy yogurt is one of my favorite desserts. I had never made it at home. With google as my aide began my journey of selecting the right kind of pears. The Indian market is flooded with pears from all over the world but the China pear or the Ya pear was my choice for the flesh, juiciness and the aroma. I did not want to use any essence as the fruit has a very subtle scent so I used saffron spiked almond powder. Peeling the pears would have been a good idea may be the next time. The baked pears are a real treat for diabetics and the calorie conscious since is naturally sweet with no added sugar. I smiled when I saw my labels Sweet Tooth, Slim N Trim together for the same post!

You guys deserve this one for all the hard work that goes into cooking but can't really eat your heart out. Go ahead and enjoy.


2 ripe pears ( I used Ya pears)
10-12 almonds
2 big pinches saffron strands

Optional for glazing

2 teaspoons Apple & Cinnamon jam (I used from Kitchens of India)

Serves: 2 to 4

Begin by cutting the pears vertically and coring with a spoon. Powder the saffron and almonds together and fill the pear cavities. Put these pears in a tray lined with parchment paper. Bake on the high at 400 deg cel. for 30-40 mins. The pears are well baked when they shrivel up a bit and you see some juice in the tray caramelizing.

Remove from oven and serve warm with creamy yogurt/ hung curd. If you like you can sweeten the yogurt a bit or glaze with Apple & Cinnamon jam. I had the baked pears with unsweetened creamy yogurt. Sharing here pictures of Dad's plate. He had the glazed baked pears without yogurt he likes his deserts a tad too sweet a typical Indian palate I guess.

Indulge in it absolutely guilt free.


  1. Deadly Baked Pears. I get so frustated after reading and looking at all those sort of lovely and delicios dises, wish some other day, my wife takes the inspration and cook all of them for me and for my son, who shares the same feelings

  2. HKJ thanks for your kind words.

  3. hi reva here again,
    kindly please send me your email....

  4. wow!!!!baked pears ..really nice one ...thks for this one ...

  5. Dear Anjali,
    Wow! Baked pears! Sounds and looks most appetizing!You are right - given that the pears themselves have a sugary taste there is no need for addition of sugar in the recipe and hence this makes a great dessert. Thank you for this recipe.


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