Autumn not only brings seasonal change but also a new theme to the breakfast table, family lunches, dinner parties and social gatherings. Pears are often associated with the fall, so these recipes will help bring that seasonal touch to any gathering you are hosting in the upcoming weeks! Also Read - Live-it-up with Team Good Fat

1. Caramel Sea Salt Pear Pancakes

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Pancakes:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups, whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 ½, cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp, maple syrup/honey
  • 2 tbsp, baking powder
  • 1 tsp, ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp, ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp, ground allspice
  • ½ tsp, salt

Pears:

  • 6 tbsp, unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp, packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp, sea salt
  • 3 chopped Bartlett pears
  • honey/syrup, to taste

Directions:

This dish can be used for breakfast, dessert or just an indulgent snack. To make the pancakes, whisk the ingredients together and heat over a frying pan. As for the pears, first melt the butter in a saucepan, then add brown sugar, cinnamon and salt (as well as honey/syrup, if so desired). Then, stir in the pears and gently simmer until the pears are cooked. Serve the pears over the pancakes, with additional maple syrup if needed, and enjoy your fall treat!

2. Pears with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

Pears with blue cheese[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients: 

  • 2 pears (cut into 8 wedges)
  • 2 tsp, fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup, arugula
  • 3 oz, blue cheese (cut into pieces)
  • 6 oz, thinly sliced prosciutto

Directions:

For this extremely easy-to-make but artistic appetizer, start by mixing the pears and lemon juice in a large bowl. Then, layer a slice of pear, an arugula leaf, and a piece of cheese onto a piece of prosciutto, wrap together and serve!

3. Gorgonzola Pear Crostini

Pear crostini[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients:

  • 2 firm Bartlett pears (cut into 8 wedges)
  • ½ package, softened cream cheese
  • 4 oz, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • ¼ cup, softened butter
  • 2 tbsp, dry sherry
  • 26 French bread baguette slices (toasted)
  • ½ cup, finely chopped roasted pecans (lightly salted)
  • 2 tbsp, finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup, honey

Directions:

Begin by preheating your grill to 350 degrees or medium high heat. First, grill the pear wedges (covered) for about 1-2 minutes on each side (should start to turn golden). Then, mix the cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, butter and dry sherry together and spread ½ tablespoon of the mixture on each baguette slice. Finally, place a grilled pear son each baguette, followed by a sprinkle of pecans, rosemary and a light drizzle of honey. These elegant appetizers are sure to bring the seasonal hint to any gathering!

4. Cocoa Cured Lamb Loin with Olive Pear Relish

Pear relish[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients:

Lamb:

  • 2 tsp, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp, smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp, sugar
  • 1 tsp, dried thyme
  • 1 12-oz lamb loin (trimmed)
  • black pepper, to taste

Relish:

  • 1 tsp, caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp, cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp, fennel seeds
  • 1 small pear (cut into 4 pieces)
  • ½ cup, pitted green olives
  • 1 tsp, fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp, hot paprika
  • ½ cup, olive oil
  • 1 tbsp, flaky sea salt

Directions:

Mix the ingredients for the lamb in a small bowl, and then marinate the lamb loin with this mixture. Let the meat marinate for anywhere from 4 to 24 hours.

To make the relish, first toast the caraway seeds in a small dry pan for about 2 minutes, then do the same with cumin and fennel seeds—transfer into a bowl. Then add pear, olives, thyme, hot paprika, and ½ cup of oil to the bowl and mix. Preheat the grill to medium heat, and add one tablespoon of oil onto the lamb, which you will then continue to cook for about 6-8 minutes (for medium rare). Once slightly cooled, slice the lamb, top with the olive-pear relish, and enjoy your succulent dish.

5. Pear Bread

Pear bread[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients:

  • 2 shredded pears (peeled/cored)
  • 1 mashed pear (peeled/cored)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp, water
  • 1 tsp, vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups, all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup, white sugar
  • ¼ cup, instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 ½ tsp, cinnamon
  • ½ tsp, baking soda
  • ¼ tsp, salt,
  • 1/8 tsp, baking powder

Directions:

First mix the pears, eggs, water and vanilla in one bowl. Then, mix the flour, sugar, pudding mix, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder together in a separate bowl. Finally, combine the pear mixture into the flour mixture until it is well-integrated and moistened. Then, move the mixture to a loaf pan and bake for roughly 1 hour.

6. Cheddar Pear Pie

cheddar pear pie[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients:

Crumble:

  • ½ cup, all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup, brown sugar
  • ½ cup, shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup, butter

Pie:

  • 6 cups, peeled and cut pears
  • 1 tbsp, fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup, brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp, cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp, ground cinnamon
  • 1 unbaked pie crust

Directions:

This is a great, slightly unconventional, pie that has autumn written all over it, and also a creative idea for those of you thinking ahead to your thanksgiving table! Begin by mixing the brown sugar, cheese and butter until the mixture looks like crumbs. Then, mix in the sliced pears and lemon juice.

Add ½ cup of brown sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Once both are combined individually, combine the sugar mixture to the pears and mix until coated. Add the pears to the pie crust and top with the crumble mixture, bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes and enjoy!

7. Caramelized Pears with Vanilla Syrup

Caramelized Pears[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp, sugar
  • ½ chopped vanilla bean
  • 1 large pinch, ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp, unsalted butter
  • 2 halved pears
  • vanilla ice cream/frozen yogurt or plain Greek-style yogurt.

Directions:

You will begin by finely grinding 2 tablespoons of sugar and the vanilla bean until it is finely ground. Place this into a bowl, then add ¼ cup of water and mix until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then, mix 2 teaspoons of sugar and the cardamom in another bowl.

Melt butter over medium heat, then add the pears and cardamom-sugar mixture. Then, turn the pears over and add the vanilla water. Cover the pan and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Place just the pears onto a plate while bringing the remaining liquid in the skillet to a boil and reduce until it takes a syrupy texture (this should take about 1-2 minutes). Finally, pour the syrup onto the pears and add a scoop of your vanilla ice cream or substitute and dig in!