A lovely neighbour gave me a bowlful of windfall pears; unripe but in perfect condition and quite large.
I decided to keep a few to make my favourite Roasted Chicken, Pear and Beetroot salad later in the week, but wanted something quick and easy for dessert.
Pears, as long as they are not too ripe, are delicious roasted so I decided to try a recipe which I had a vague memory of seeing – roasted using honey and Balsamic vinegar. The result was an outstanding success and so delicious that I will be making it again very soon.
I used three pears for two servings but this can easily be adjusted to suit.
Large pears, preferably unripe and a little hard
About 1 teaspoon unsalted butter per pear, preferably organic
Honey, preferably the runny type for ease of use
Balsamic vinegar – the better the quality, the better the taste
There is no need to peel the pears unless you want to. Remove the stalks and cut in half and remove the core.
Melt the butter in an ovenproof dish on the hob. Add pears, cut side down and sauté for at least two to three minutes.
Pop into your oven previously heated to Gas 6, fan 180°, 200°C, 400°F and roast for twenty five minutes.
Remove from the oven and carefully turn pears over.
Sprinkle each pear with a good splash of Balsamic Vinegar and pop back into the oven for 5 or 10 minutes until soft and cooked through.
Remove from oven and drizzle over some honey whilst still hot.
Delicious served warm with another drizzle of honey, a scoop of ice cream or even a little fresh cream or live yoghurt.
NB: All photographs used in this blog have been taken by me, and are of food I have prepared and served myself.