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The best pear recipes to enjoy this autumn

by Malou Herkes

published on 10 September 2019

The best time to enjoy pears is in the autumn when these orchard fruit are sweet and juicy. Look out for golden, firm Willams pears that are particularly good for cooking or the tender and flavoursome Comice or long, thin-shaped Conference – they are all worth celebrating.

Make the most of them in both sweet and savoury dishes; try poaching pears teamed with vanilla, rum or aromatic spices, bake them into a chocolate cake, or pair sweet pears in wintery salads with creamy Gorgonzola or salty Pecorino and bitter leaves. At this time of the year, we're particularly enjoying them in this chicken traybake. Whatever you're game for, these are the best pear recipes to get you inspired. 

pean upside down cake

Pear & Vanilla Upside-Down Cake from How Baking Works by James Morton

A classic upside-down cake is a wonderful way to bake with any autumnal fruit. In this recipe from James Morton combines ripe pears with a hint of vanilla for a sweetly aromatic flavour.

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best pear recipes oozy black rice with sweet roasted pears jamie cooks italy

Oozy Black Rice with Sweet Roasted Pears, Thyme and Gorgonzola from Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver

Rich, buttery black rice topped with roasted pears, nuggets of creamy Gorganzola and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Jamie says, this recipe needs “less hands-on attention than a regular risotto and is so worth it”.

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best pear recipes happy pear house salad the happy pear cookbook

Happy Pear House Salad with Pumpkin Seed and Parsley Pesto from The Happy Pear by The Happy Pear

This autumnal salad champions pear, chicory, radicchio and spinach, and a toasted pumpkin seed and herb dressing for a dish that balances sweet, bitter and toasty flavours, and a nice bit of crunch. 

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Mary Berry Toffee Pear Pudding Recipe

Toffee Pear Pudding from Simple Comforts by Mary Berry

Don't have any fresh pears to hand? Try this delightfully gooey toffee pear pudding from Mary Berry's Simple Comforts; it's made with tinned pears and covered in a rich toffee sauce. The perfect post-roast dessert!

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best pear recipes cardamom walnut and chicken traybake able and cole

Cardamom, Walnut and Pear Chicken from Abel & Cole: How to Eat Brilliantly Every Day by Abel & Cole

Pair chicken with pears, fragrant cardamom and crunchy walnuts for a traybake dinner that's simple but full of flavour. 

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best pear recipes butternut squash gorgonzola pear tart how to eat in

Butternut Squash, Pear and Gorgonzola Flatbread Tart from How To Eat In by Adam Byatt

This squash, pear and Gorgonzola tart teams sweet and salty, tang and nuttiness for a delicious veggie centerpiece that your friends and family will love you for. Keep the leftovers for a lunchbox lunch. 

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best pear recipes baked oatmeal with caramelised pears smitten kitchen

Baked Oatmeal with Caramelised Pears and Vanilla Cream from Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

“This is my deep-into-winter escape from hot-cereal drudgery”, says Deb Perelmen. We are so on-board; make this at the start of the week and heat up a portion at a time of caramelised lemony vanilla pears topped with oats and cooked into a  luxurious baked oatmeal. Heaven. 

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best pear recipes half a pear crumble nadiya hussain family favourites

Half-a-Pear Crumble from Nadiya's Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain

Individual pears poached then baked with a sweet marzipan centre and a crumbly, crunchy top, this is a cute twist on a comfort food pud. 

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best pear recipes coffee and rum poached pears ainsley harriott caribbean kitchen

Coffee and Rum-Poached Pears from Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen by Ainsley Harriott

These gently-spiced soft pears are poached with coffee and rum for a dessert that's full of depth and flavour. Top with a crunchy coconut crumb for an elegant dessert that brings a little Caribbean sunshine into your autumn.

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Chocolate Pear Cake Recipe

Chocolate and Pear Cake from Italian Kitchen by Anna Del Conte 

This is a decadent but simple bake that you can make as an afternoon tea loaf or a round cake for dessert. 

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