Roasted Vanilla Pears

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5 min


45 min


8 servings

Roasted Vanilla Pears

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Sticky-sweet roasted pears make a great dessert or breakfast when laid atop oatmeal or Greek yogurt.


  • 4 firm, ripe pears , peeled, halved and cored
  • 1 small vanilla bean
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 35% cream , (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease an 8-in. square baking dish. Arrange pears in one layer, cut-side up, in prepared dish. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Use the dull side of a paring knife to scape out seeds. Combine seeds with brown sugar and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 sec until butter is melted. Stir in lemon juice. Generously brush vanilla mixture over pears, then pour the rest of the vanilla mixture into baking dish.
  • Roast in centre of oven until pears are tender, about 40 min. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 132,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21 g,
  • Fat
  • 6 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 4 mg.


Make this dessert into breakfast with these three easy tips. 1. Slather whole-grain toast with goat or cream cheese, and top with sliced roasted pears. 2. Serve pears warm or cold with plain or vanilla Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola. 3. Top oatmeal with warm pears and finish with a handful of nuts, hemp hearts and chia seeds.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent October 2016 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen. Photo by Roberto Caruso.