Fruit & Spiced Pear Halves

Alicia .


I had this idea rolling around for a while, but never thought to try it until now.

I like sweet, tart and nutty things together, so this is really a dish made just for me, but everyone at dinner tonight really enjoyed them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The spices in the finished syrup give it a spiced flavor that reminds me of the pears Mom and Grammie used to can.

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approx 4-6 (depending how many pear halves you end up with in the can)


5 Min


10 Min


1 can(s)
pear halves in juices (not syrup), reserving liquid
approx 1 c
reserved liquid from pears (should be about all the liquid)
1/4 c
dried cranberries
1/8 c
1/8 to 1/4 c
green apple, peeled and diced
1 1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp
1/8 tsp
ground cloves
4 to 4 1/2 tsp
granulated sugar
chopped walnuts

Directions Step-By-Step

Drain the liquid out of the pears and set aside. Refrigerate pear halves until ready to serve.
In a saucepan over high heat, mix 1 cup reserved juices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and sugar. Bring to a boil and turn heat to medium, keeping it at a strong simmer.

Add the cranberry and raisins and continue to simmer about 5 minutes.

Add the apple pieces and simmer a few more minutes. The liquid should be slightly reduced and become syrupy.
Remove syrup from heat and allow to cool slightly.
To serve, scoop about a tablespoon or so of fruit from the syrup into the center of each pear. Top with some finely chopped walnuts, then pour/drizzle syrup over the fruit and pears.

I ended up serving these alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled a bit of the syrup over the ice cream as well.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts