This dish is an elegant accompaniment for stuffed Cornish game hens with blue cheese and walnuts. Or serve it alongside any blue cheese dish, such as a blue cheese quiche. Easy and tasty! It also makes a lovely dessert.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Peel pears and scoop out bottom core. Cut a small slice from the bottom so pears will stand upright. Place in a shallow baking dish and set aside.

  • Melt butter in the microwave or a small saucepan over medium heat. Drizzle pears with melted butter and honey, and sprinkle with ground ginger (and lavender, if using). Cover with aluminum foil with the stems poking through foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, or until tender. Baste with released juices occasionally during baking, and again just before serving.

Cook's Note:

The lavender flowers are optional, but make for an attractive presentation.

Nutrition Facts

206 calories; protein 0.8g; carbohydrates 34.5g; fat 8.9g; cholesterol 22.9mg; sodium 63.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2011
Very good, but I did change it a little. I forgot to put the honey on there (will definitely do that next time), but added cinnamon, ground vanilla, and brown sugar. I also just cut them in half and put a pat of butter in the hole of each pear. Served with homemade vanilla bean whipped cream! Delish! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/13/2007
My boyfriend and I enjoyed the pears but I felt the recipe was lacking. The pears were still crunchy after an hour and the specified amount of honey and butter didn't give enough syrup to continue basting it through the cooking. The flavor was nice but nothing too intense. The sauce that was left was REALLY good over ice cream and I'm going to try to make some kind of ginger cinnamon syrup for ice cream in the future. I may make this again because it tasted pretty good but only if I happen to have a few pears laying around. I wouldn't go out of my way to make this. Read More
(27)
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2011
Very good, but I did change it a little. I forgot to put the honey on there (will definitely do that next time), but added cinnamon, ground vanilla, and brown sugar. I also just cut them in half and put a pat of butter in the hole of each pear. Served with homemade vanilla bean whipped cream! Delish! Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2009
OK loved this... I made my own lil creation. I did the pear like it stated melted 2 sticks of butter 1/2 cup of brown sugar and lil bit of white and a lil bit of real vanilla heated it up in the microwave. I used 12 pears I picked from the orchard yesterday each pear got 2 big spoon fills over each. put in the oven at 350 for 1/2 hr. Basted each with it's own sauce then mixed some fresh raspberries with some water and sugar in the blender and each got 2 spoon fills back in the oven for 30-45 min. OMG this was such a hit the whole apartment was like what's that and everyone wanted some but my biggest person to please is my 13 yr old child. HE LOVED IT ate 3 big pears once it was cut up.... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2008
This is tasty but I altered it substantially. I combined honey white wine ginger nutmeg cinnamon and a black tea bag and cooked until wine reduced. The added flavor of black tea gives a nice herbal quality to the dish. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/12/2007
My boyfriend and I enjoyed the pears but I felt the recipe was lacking. The pears were still crunchy after an hour and the specified amount of honey and butter didn't give enough syrup to continue basting it through the cooking. The flavor was nice but nothing too intense. The sauce that was left was REALLY good over ice cream and I'm going to try to make some kind of ginger cinnamon syrup for ice cream in the future. I may make this again because it tasted pretty good but only if I happen to have a few pears laying around. I wouldn't go out of my way to make this. Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2010
Everyone thought this was tasty. I used bartlett pears. There is no need to melt the butter in advance. I cut the pears in half and cored them and stuck the butter and brown sugar in the hole drizzled honey all over and liberally sprinkled both ginger and cinnamon. I cooked it covered for an hour and thought it turned out perfectly. Very juicy and the house smelled like honey during the cooking. MMMmmmm....:-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2006
I know it wasn't intended as a dessert but that's how we had it and it was great. My changes were to use fresh ginger because that's what we use in our house and I sprinkled some raw cashews on for a bit of crunch. The pears melted in our mouths for a sweet yet light finish. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2009
I added some cinnamon to the recipe. Delicious and made the house smell amazing!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2006
This was very good and as it said very elegant. My family would have turned up their noses at the lavender flowers so I left them off. I couldn't find the pears it called for so I just regular ones. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
Yum I loved this! I love pears and I've wanted to try this forever. I finally made it tonight but I didn't make four pears--only 2 bc bf just doesn't share my same love for pears. He likes them but isn't as enthusiastic. I had a little trouble coring the pear from the bottom--I broke the first one by trying to cut up too far but on the second one I had better luck. I just cut in a circle and removed the core with my fingers. Anyway I didn't bother melting the butter either and added more honey (didn't really measure just poured on). I added cinnamon as well. Baked perfectly in an hour. The syrup is definitely delicious and the pears were delicious with it. Bf and I shared a pear so we'll have the other one tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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