I’m not big on desserts but I have always wanted to try baking fruit, just for the hell of it. Baked pears are so easy to make and the sauce is a simple two ingredient deal. Topping it off with a little cinnamon makes this a fabulous dessert!
Bosc pears – cored from the bottom (this recipe made more than enough sauce for 2 pears)
1 pkg blackberries
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To core out the pears, I used a skinny, sharp knife and hollowed them out from the bottom, making sure to get all the seeds but leaving a good amount of fruit as well as making the bottoms flatter so the pears would sit upright.
For the sauce, place the blackberries in a sauce pan and crush with a fork. Over medium heat, let them cook a bit in their own juice – about a minute – then add the sugar in. Once the sugar has melted and combined with the blackberry juice, stir for 1 minute then remove from heat.
In any pan that has sides (no cookie sheets here!), place the pears standing and baste with a little bit of sauce. I used a regular spoon and doused them twice with a spoonful of sauce. Bake the pears for 20 minutes, baste them again with the about the same amount of sauce, then repeat at the 40 minute mark. Once the pears have baked for 1 hour in total, remove them from the oven. Using the remaining sauce, plate the pears, douse them and sprinkle with cinnamon! You can see mine are swimming in a pool of blackberry sauce for dipping while eating.
Try this recipe with different fruits for the sauce, like raspberries or blueberries, if you prefer and can find them. I plan on baking some different fruits as the fall continues so I will definitely be experimenting with this simple sauce! Open up a bottle of tawny port or Sauternes to go with it!