Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pear Cups

We love pears. We also love simple desserts. While, normally Michelle takes over in the dessert category, this one was actually conceptualized by Zack. These are great to throw together if you're entertaining, because you can mix it all up and put them in the fridge, then pop them in the oven during dinner to bake.

Here's what you need:
2-3 pears (we used Bosch)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
4 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
Vanilla bean ice cream to top

Here's what you do:
Sorry, we (once again) forgot pictures until we were almost finished. 

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Peel and slice your pears. Throw into a large bowl and coat with the lemon juice. This will stop any oxidation and browning of your fruit.

Combine the cinnamon and nutmeg and add to the pears. Stir to make sure everything gets coated evenly. We considered adding sugar to the mix here, but we decided that the natural sugars in the pears would be enough.

Divide the pears into individual ramekins. 

For the topping, combine the brown sugar and butter and mix until it starts to clump together. Spread over the top of the pears.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the brown sugar has dissolved and melted down into the pears.

Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


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