We all love baked apples, but have you ever tried baked pears? How about warm tender pears covered in a creamy homemade orange caramel sauce? They are soooo good and great for entertaining guests or just entertaining the kids. The sauce is made from coconut cream, pure maple syrup, and fresh orange juice. Combine that with the sweet baked pears and it’s a simply delicious and treat that’s actually good for you.
This is one of my favorites to make during the holidays when it’s so easy to overload on highly refined and high sugar treats. These pears will give you your sweet fix without overdoing it. They’re naturally gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and vegan.
P.S. Make a family night out of it by having little kids help scoop the cores out while older kids can stir the caramel sauce. You could even cut baked pears into bite-sized pieces and use toothpicks to dip in the warm caramel sauce.
P.P.S. After separating the coconut cream and using what you need for the caramel sauce, save the leftover coconut milk/cream for Poached Salmon Indian Coconut Curry for dinner.
Baked Pear With Orange Caramel Sauce
Baked Pears With Orange Caramel Sauce
Author: Melissa Cornwall - Food L'amor
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 - 6
Naturally gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and refined sugar free baked pears in a homemade orange caramel sauce. They're full of amazing flavor that's fun to serve at your next dinner party for friends or just enjoy with family.
- 4 - 6 large pears, tops removed and cored
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. orange juice, separated
- ¼ cup coconut cream (1 can of full fat coconut milk, set in the fridge for 20 minutes until cream separates from water. Scoop out thick white cream. Reserve remaining coconut cream and water for another recipe.)
- pinch sea salt or pink salt
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tsp. fresh orange zest
- preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place cored pears in a shallow baking dish with ¼ cup orange juice in the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork.
- During the last 10 minutes of baking, heat the syrup, orange juice, coconut, cream and salt in a saucepan.
- Bring caramel sauce to boil, stirring continually (about 10 - 15 minutes).
- The sauce will begin to thicken and caramelize. You can use a candy thermometer to check to be sure it has reached about 250 degrees (hard ball stage)or until the sauce sticks to the back of the spoon when lifted out.
- Remove pears from oven and allow to cool slightly.
- Pour warm caramel sauce into and over the pears.
- Sprinkle with orange zest and coconut flakes. Enjoy warm!