Baked Pears with Oat Streusel Topping

Baked Pears with Oat Streusel Topping

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while because life just got in the way, but it’s SO simple and yummy and the holiday season isn’t over yet, so I’m squeezing them in as a bonus weekend post for you guys! I think pears are totally underrated. Apples always seem to get the spotlight during the fall and holiday season, but pears are so dang good and just perfectly ripe this time of year!

I love making individual desserts and these baked pears make for the best little individual dessert to serve. First, they are a bit lighter than a big heavy piece of cake or pie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ALL about cake and pie, but sometimes after a really big meal, it’s nice to just finish with something lighter.

Baked Pears with Oat Streusel Topping

These couldn’t be easier to make! The trick is to find pears that are not super hard, but also not super ripe. If you try to use really ripe pears for this recipe, they may come out mushy after baking. I like to look for pears that are just lightly soft to the touch. Then I cut them in half, scoop a bit out, and brush them in cinnamon butter and then they are stuffed with a totally delicious oat streusel topping and baked! Need another reason to make these? Your house is going to smell AMAZING while these guys are baking. The oat topping gets nice and crispy on the outside, but is soft in the middle.

After baking, I just drizzled some caramel sauce over mine, but whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream would be even better!

Baked Pears with Oat Streusel Topping

Baked Pears with Oat Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

  • 3 just-ripe pears, sliced in half, pitted
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup plus all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Take each pear half and scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the pear from the middle and discard. Arrange in the baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons of melted butter and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Brush the pears with the melted cinnamon butter.
  3. In a bowl, stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and 1/3 cup of melted butter until combined. Then, mix in the oats and flour. Divide the oat mixture evenly amongst the cavity of each pear.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the pears are tender and the streusel topping is cooked and golden. Serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce, whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.
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Baked Pears with Oat Streusel Topping

Baked Pears with Oat Streusel Topping

   

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