Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. It’s an excuse to start the day off with a little something sweet – jam on toast, brown sugar in oatmeal, honey in tea. This recipe can pass for breakfast or dessert — it’s like a pear crisp, but much heavier on the pear than the crisp. You can put it together in 5 minutes and have it ready in 30. If serving for dessert, try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.
Granola Roasted Pears
- 1 ripe pear of your choice
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 Tbl unsalted butter, divided
- 1/3 cup quick-cook (not instant) oats
- 1 Tbl chopped pecans
- 1 Tbl dried cranberries
- 1 Tbl brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Cut the pear in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and stem from the flesh. Place cut side up on a metal or glass baking pan and drizzle lightly with the maple syrup and 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the oats, pecans, cranberries, and brown sugar with your fingers. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and add it to the oat mixture, distributing evenly.
- Pat the oat mixture onto the pear halves, pressing gently so it sticks.
- Bake the pears in the oven for 25 minutes or until a fork pierces them easily.
- Remove from the oven, let cool briefly, and enjoy!