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Perfect Pear Recipes

Our collection of easy pear recipes will let you go pear-crazy at every meal. Top savory dinners with baked pears, try roasted pears for breakfast and add pears into cobbler, quick bread, pie and cake.
  • Triple-Spiced Pear Bread

    Triple-Spiced Pear Bread

    Oats, walnuts and nuggets of chopped pear give this loaf a toothsome heartiness, while buttermilk keeps it moist and tender.

    Triple-Spiced Pear Bread

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  • Roasted Breakfast Pears

    Roasted Breakfast Pears

    Roast pears in the evening and chill overnight. All you'll have to do in the morning is top the tender fruit with a healthy Greek yogurt-based cream and granola.

    Roasted Breakfast Pears

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  • Honey-Sage Sweet Potatoes, Pears and Walnuts

    Honey-Sage Sweet Potatoes, Pears and Walnuts

    A colorful mixture of sweet potatoes, red onion and pears blends with sage and sweet honey in this easy roasted side.

    Honey-Sage Sweet Potatoes, Pears and Walnuts

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  • Bacon-Pear Macaroni and Cheese

    Bacon-Pear Macaroni and Cheese

    Crispy bacon, extra-creamy cheese sauce, pears sauteed in brown sugar and butter. It took our Test Kitchen three tries to get all the pieces right for this fall comfort food. Oh man, was it worth it.

    Bacon-Pear Macaroni and Cheese

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  • Spiced Maple Tart with Poached Pears

    Spiced Maple Tart with Poached Pears

    Cutting pears into a fan shape takes an autumn-spiced tart's look from homey to holy moly.

    Spiced Maple Tart with Poached Pears

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  • Triple Pear Pie with Walnut Crust

    Triple Pear Pie with Walnut Crust

    You can't mistake the fruit in this cardamom-spiced beauty. Pear nectar and dried pears complement thick slices of fresh, juicy Bosc pears.

    Triple Pear Pie with Walnut Crust

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  • Sweet Bacon and Pear Pizza

    Start with a premade pizza crust, then add cream cheese, sliced pear, chopped pecans, feta cheese, and bacon for a sweet-tart blend of flavors. Sprinkle with fresh basil and pass with honey for drizzling, if you like.

    Sweet Bacon and Pear Pizza

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  • Spiced Pear-Chocolate Upside-Down Cake

    Spiced Pear-Chocolate Upside-Down Cake

    Under those gorgeous slabs of buttery fruit, this chocolatey cardamom-laced afternoon tea cake holds a buried treasure of juicy pear bits. (Word to the wise: Our testers recommend keeping the photo of the cake handy when you're slicing the pears.)

    Spiced Pear-Chocolate Upside-Down Cake

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  • Apple-Pear Praline Pie

    This picture-perfect pie takes more than a flaky crust. "The key to this pie is the apples you use," says Mary Schrier of Cumberland, Iowa, who got this recipe from an old, handwritten family recipe book. She suggests not using Red Delicious apples. Instead, make this with Granny Smith, Jonathan or any sweet-tart heirloom apples.

    Apple-Pear Praline Pie

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  • Pappa’s Pear Stuffing

    Pappa’s Pear Stuffing

    You can serve this hearty, fruit-studded dressing with roasted or grilled pork, poultry or ham. The recipe comes from the historical Story Inn in Nashville, Indiana.

    Pappa’s Pear Stuffing

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  • Rustic Pear Tart with Saffron Pastry

    Rustic Pear Tart with Saffron Pastry

    Saffron is expensive, but just a pinch injects an earthy, honeyed quality to the pastry that brings out flavors in the pear.

    Rustic Pear Tart with Saffron Pastry

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  • Five-Spice Pear Pie Bars

    Five-Spice Pear Pie Bars

    Pie bars are a little like those frozen toaster strudels... if toaster strudels were made with fresh fruit and a surprising spice by a creative at-home pastry chef (that's you!). 

    Five-Spice Pear Pie Bars

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  • Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve

    Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve

    The bold, peppery bite in these savory scones balances the conserve's sweetness.

    Peppered Pear Scones with Pear Conserve

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  • Pear and Pork Stir-Fry

    Pear and Pork Stir-Fry

    Flavors like ginger and soy bring out pear's savory side. If you can't find radicchio, napa cabbage works in this stir-fry, too.

    Pear and Pork Stir-Fry

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  • Spiced Pear-Cranberry Cobbler

    You can almost remember a misty-morning trip to the orchards and bogs when you taste this riff on a Midwest favorite. A pumpkin-cornmeal biscuit crowns the sweet-tangy fruit duo.

    Spiced Pear-Cranberry Cobbler

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  • Pear Caramel with Ice Cream

    Scoop the ice cream and freeze while the pears cook in their sugary syrup. If you're interested in the cooking school that created this recipe, the Chopping Block has Chicago locations at Lincoln Square (773/472-6700) and the Merchandise Mart (312/644-6360). For information: www.thechoppingblock.net.

    Pear Caramel with Ice Cream recipe

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  • Roasted Pear and Clementine Salad

    Roasted Pear and Clementine Salad

    This beauty of a salad blends tangy Gorgonzola and balsamic dressing with sweet roasted fruit.

    Roasted Pear and Clementine Salad

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