Last weekend I got these New Zealand sugar pears from the weekend market. Again my eyes were much bigger than my stomach and I bought far too many than I would be able to to eat, especially during a very cold summer week. Baked warm fruit sounds like the perfect fix for my Wellington mid-summer blue.
Having such a busy week with school starting in a few days, I just want to enjoy the pears with minimum effort and keep it really simple. I remember years ago I baked some apples with walnut filling and they were delicious, so I decide to venture out and do the same with pears; and here they are!
The pears are so sweet so I only added a small amount of sugar to the walnuts. But since Chinese tend to have a relatively small sweet tooth, I think a little syrup on top is nothing excessive.
- 5 medium sized pears, halved and cored
- 50 grams of walnuts, grind into a mix of fine and small chunky bits
- 2 tbsp of raw sugar
- 1 tbsp of plain flour
- a sprinkle of cinnamon
Cover the bottom of the tray with 3mm of hot water, bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pears are browned. Glaze the pears with the juice at the bottom of the tray occasionally.
Roasted whole pear with Walnut Filling
Another way with these lovely pears is to bake them whole, especially with smaller pears which is easy to dry out during baking unless the inside of the oven is kept moist. You can either take the core out from the bottom of the pear, putting the filling in and bake it. You might need to flatten the bottom of the pear a little to keep it standing upright. Following the rest of the step.
Roasted whole apple with Walnut Filling
Follow exactly the same steps above. Just replace whole pears with whole apples.