Baked pears are a lot like baked apples, their more famous cousin, but, as they are not made as often, they seem a little more interesting.  This is a very easy dessert that is also not too unhealthy.  It has only four ingredients and only takes a little over a half hour to make.  You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients to fit your tastes, but you might want to try these measurements the first time.

This recipe was adapted from Mark Bitman’s How to Cook Everything.



  1. 4 pears
  2. 4 teaspoons butter
  3. 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Halve the pears and core them with a melon baller.
  3. Place the pears, cavity up, in a baking pan filmed with a little water.
  4. Fill the cavities with a dot each of butter and sugar.
  5. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake until very soft, about 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle lightly with lemon juice and serve warm or at room temperature.


This recipe serves eight and can be easily adjusted to accommodate any even number.  Also, it’s a great way to dress up pears on short notice.


- Laura ‘16