Fall Fest: Baking Up Pear Desserts

by in View All Posts, October 20th, 2010
Pear Cake Pear-Pecan Upside-Down Cake from Food Network Magazine is baked in a slow cooker

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Pears are at their peak, sweet, juicy and great for baking into tempting fall desserts. Whether you’re having a casual get-together, thinking ahead to Thanksgiving or craving an everyday indulgence, bake up one of these sweet pear treats for a taste of the season.

Pear-Pecan Upside-Down Cake
Rarely is such a beautiful dessert so amazingly simple: Just layer the fruit and batter in your slow cooker and then let it cook gently for about three hours.

The Barefoot Contessa takes on pears:

Apple and Pear Crisp
You can’t go wrong with this easy, comforting dessert. Ina uses a mixture of apples and Bosc pears, and adds a little zip with orange and lemon zest.

Apple and Pear Crisp Ina’s Easy Apple and Pear Crisp

Pear Clafouti
Ina prepares this classic French pastry with fresh pears. Pear brandy is her secret ingredient, to enhance the flavor of the pears. She also dusts the pan with sugar instead of flour. Watch more of her tips and tricks!

See more irresistible pear recipes, savory and sweet, from Food Network chefs.

Pear Recipes, Savory and Sweet Browse our top pear recipes, savory and sweet.

What’s your favorite way to use pears? Shout it out in the comments, or share your favorite apple recipes on Twitter at #fallfood.

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Comments (13)

  1. alexis says:

    As a tea enthusiast, I was inspired to craft a sweet pear dish that infused the complex flavors and aromas of green tea with lemongrass/ginger. Here's my Fall Fest recipe for Poached Bosc Pear with Green Tea & Lemongrass/Ginger/Lavender Honey Simple Syrup http://bit.ly/9r2ht2

  2. Ranjani says:

    I also went the dessert route for this week's fall fest: I made a pear tarte tatin: http://4seasonsoffood.blogspot.com/2010/10/pear-t

  3. I made a great panna cotta recipe with poached pears. Its really easy to make and soooo beautiful. I didn’t explain the how to poach the pears in the post but basically all you have to do is boil them in water until they are tender with some sugar and a vanilla bean pod (scraped). http://thehorttshearawho.blogspot.com/2010/10/pan

  4. Rachel says:

    That upside down cake sounds so easy and tasty!
    Here's my Fall Fest recipe for Pear Ricotta Muffins http://muffinegg.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/pear-ri

  5. Melissa says:

    These look good! This is the first time I have joined in on Fall Fest.
    I made a Pear, Honey and Ginger Slab Pie which turned out so yummy! Here is a link to the post.
    http://shootsandroots.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/pe

  6. alisonlewis says:

    These look fabulous! Great recipes! Here's mine http://www.ingredientsinc.net/2010/10/fall-favori

  7. Stephanie says:

    Your pears look so happy in that upside-down cake — like they've spent a good day tanning at the beach!

    My contribution to Fall Fest this week is pear ginger jam — lovely on toast for breakfast, but equally lovely with sharp cheese and crackers before dinner.

    Find it here: http://www.dollopofcream.com/2010/10/pear-ginger-

  8. Chef LIsa says:

    I'm craving dessert now! Here's my contribution to fall fest: http://www.fitwoman.com/blog/2010/10/citrus-pear-

  9. Kathleen says:

    Looks beautiful, must make "pears belle helene" soon. I made two delicious soups with pears for #fallfest this week. http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/celery…. http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/cream-

  10. i posted a recipe for pear cupcakes with chocolate glaze and discussed my very odd week…cleanse, jury duty or canadian t-day anyone? http://napafarmhouse1885.blogspot.com/2010/10/pea

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