I have to admit, this is one of those recipes that didn’t go at all how I had originally conceptualized it–but that said, it turned out very well. I recently found this pin for roasted apricots on Pinterest and thought I’d make my own version of it. My first roadblock occurred when I discovered that my grocery store only carries apricots in the summer. I went with pears instead because I knew roasted pears was a common dessert.
My second roadblock happened when I tried to roast the mascarpone cheese on top of the pears. The original recipe that I crafted had the pears roasting for 30 minutes, then another 5 minutes with the mascarpone on top. This resulted in mascarpone pear soup. I have no idea how that pinner kept their mascarpone from melting into liquid under their broiler, because I can tell you: it can’t take the heat.
That said, my second go round with roasting the pears, topping them with mascarpone cheese, and then just serving them immediately turned out insanely good. The flavor of roasted pear with rich honeyed mascarpone is something you seriously need to try. Plus, it’s a dessert mostly made of fruit, so it’s healthy too!
Roasted Pears with Honey Vanilla Mascarpone
Servings: 4 · Serving Size: 1 pear · Calories: 212
Fat: 15 g · Cholesterol: 27 mg · Sodium: 16 mg · Carbs: 19 g · Fiber: 3 g · Sugar: 11 g · Protein: 3 g
- 2 pears
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
- 4 pecan halves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut pears in half and cut out the core using a paring knife. Place pear halves cut side up on a parchment-line baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes or until fork tender. During the last minute of baking, place the pecan halves on the sheet with the pears to toast them lightly. Keep an eye on them though–pecans like to burn quickly.
In a small bowl, mix together mascarpone cheese, honey, and vanilla extract.
Remove pears from oven, place in bowls for serving, and top each pear with 1/4th of the mascarpone topping. Place one pecan half on top of each pear. Serve immediately.