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Simple Maple Vanilla Baked Pears (Video)

4 ingredient super simple maple vanilla baked pears that are cooked until warm and soft, completely infused with maple and vanilla, and topped with crunchy granola.

4 ingredient baked pears infused with maple and vanilla! Top with crunchy granola and yogurt for a healthy, satisfying dessert! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

First things first: hi! I’m currently in St. Lucia sipping a big ol’ margarita on the rocks while watching the sun set over the pristine water. Wait. Wasn’t I just caught in a blizzard 4 days ago? January, why you be so crazy.

I’m really excited because today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Stemilt Growers. Remember when I visited their orchards back in July? It was my first time in Washington, though I went back in October on my book tour (hi Seattle friends!). When I visited the orchards in July, I went cherry picking, explored the epic grounds, and tasted the world’s juiciest apples and sweetest cherries. The pears weren’t quite ready to be picked yet, so they promised to send me a box when they were.

My mouth has been watering in anticipation since.

4 ingredient baked pears infused with maple and vanilla! Top with crunchy granola and yogurt for a healthy, satisfying dessert! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Baked pears. I know it all sounds pretty simple. And you don’t even see chocolate or frosting or caramel explosions in these photos. But let me tell ya something. These maple vanilla baked pears? They’re pretty epic. Such a big statement for a humble fruit, no? Well, they’re a prime example of how simple ingredients, good-for-you, and REAL whole foods can come together to produce a dessert that can stand up to a chocolate frosting caramel exploding something. (Which reminds me, have you made my snickers cupcakes yet?)

When Stemilt sent me pears, the first thing I did was eat them. I believe I inhaled 2 in a matter of 30 seconds. Then I got down to business and began brainstorming a new recipe to make. Actually, before the brainstorming, I hiccupped because I just ate 2 giant pears in under a minute.

Baked pears came to mind first. When I’m feeling lazy but want a little something sweet after dinner (always), I often bake an apple, drizzle with honey or melted peanut butter and top with crunchy granola. It’s simple, it’s kinda healthy, and on a cold winter night– hits the spot. In my real mind, baked pears dripping with pure maple syrup sounded just as fabulous and in my weird food blogging photographer mind, they sounded pretty.

4 ingredient baked pears infused with maple and vanilla! Top with crunchy granola and yogurt for a healthy, satisfying dessert! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I use Stemilt D’Anjou pears. (Aka Anjou pears.) This variety is super juicy and naturally sweet. Their flavor and juicy interior make the pears perfect for baking. Stemilt harvests these pears in September and October and they’re widely available October through June. Fun fact: these pears are used for flavoring Jelly Belly’s juicy pear flavor jelly bean. Ha! More pear facts if you’re a nerd like I am.

About my maple vanilla baked pears– you have to try them! It’s a seemingly elegant dessert that’s thrown together and on the table in under 30 minutes. All you do is whisk maple syrup and vanilla extract together, drizzle over the pears, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake. When they come out of the oven you can go a little crazy with toppings. Here I have them topped with more maple syrup/vanilla, a little crunchy granola, and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

(I use my super crunchy homemade maple pecan pie granola.)

4 ingredient baked pears infused with maple and vanilla! Top with crunchy granola and yogurt for a healthy, satisfying dessert! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The baked pears are warm and cinnamon spiced. Oozing with sweet maple syrup and fragrant vanilla. Soft and juicy, topped with crunchy and toasty homemade granola, and that Greek yogurt? It’s cold and creamy. Texture paradise on a plate.

If you can open the oven, you can make baked pears.

Even if you’ve never baked before– no fret. These maple vanilla baked pears take minutes to prepare and it’s virtually impossible to mess them up. AND if you need one more reason to make these super simple maple vanilla baked pears, it should be this: they look fancy. Like you did some super complicated magic that made the pears perfectly tender and sweet. Or you did somersaults and backflips to infuse maple and vanilla inside each juicy pear. I mean, there must have been some trickery involved to make a PEAR taste this good. Right?

Muhaha. Our little secret.

Let me show you how to make them!

PS: After I get back from St. Lucia, I begin the rest of my book tour. Here are my upcoming book tour dates. We are working on adding more stops this year, so check back for definite additions!

Simple Maple Vanilla Baked Pears

4 ingredient super simple maple vanilla baked pears that are cooked until warm and soft, completely infused with maple and vanilla, and topped with crunchy granola.

Ingredients:

  • 4 D'Anjou pears (aka Anjou pears)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional toppings: maple pecan granola, Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). I don't line my baking sheet when I make these, but you absolutely can with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Cut pears in half, then cut a small sliver off the underside so the pears sit flat when placed upright on the baking sheet. See video above for visual. Using a large or medium cookie scoop or melon baller (or even a teaspoon), core out the seeds. Arrange pears, facing up, on the baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon-- feel free to add more cinnamon if you'd like.
  3. Whisk the maple syrup and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Drizzle most of it all over the pears, reserving about 2 Tablespoons for after the pears are finished baking.
  4. Bake pears for about 25 minutes until soft and lightly browned on the edges. Remove from the oven and immediately drizzle with remaining maple syrup mixture. Serve warm with granola and yogurt. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  5. Make ahead tip: Pears are best baked right before they are served, but you could bake them completely and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Then, warm back up in the oven for 10 minutes and top with remaining maple syrup mixture, granola, and yogurt right before serving.

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4 ingredient baked pears infused with maple and vanilla! Top with crunchy granola and yogurt for a healthy, satisfying dessert! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’m working with my friends at Stemilt Growers to bring you today’s recipe. Thank you for helping me work with brands I love! This post contains affiliate links.

4 ingredient baked pears infused with maple and vanilla! Top with crunchy granola and yogurt for a healthy, satisfying dessert! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

32 comments

  1. Um, travel envy here! So jealous that you’re in St Lucia! I love pears and these baked pears remind me a little of poached pears. I love that they’re so simple to make with just a few ingredients. And the combination of maple and cinnamon sounds so inviting! Brings me back to fall =)

  2. i love baked pears! my family likes to bake them with a bit of cinnamon, then top them with crumbled apricot stilton cheese and toasted walnuts.

  3. Pears are my favorite fruit ever! And baked they are even better, this sounds soo  good! 

  4. Do The pears you use need to be very ripe? Or will the get soft in the oven anyway?

  5. I’m all about baked apples or pears with a fun filling. It’s like eating pie but healthier, and with the same happy flavors and warmth!
    Speaking of, enjoy St. Lucia! I went there B.C. (before children) and it was nice. I still remember all the crazy hills everywhere!

  6. Oh my gosh Sally those pears right there may just as well be the juiciest I’ve ever seen!! I love pears but have NEVER tried baking them. Now I have to!! Thanks!!!!

    – Madeline<3

  7. Ok so 1) I am so jealous that you are in Saint Lucia right now (especially while I’m surrounded by ice and old snow here!) 
    and 2) I love this idea!  I’ve been eating pears like crazy recently but I’ve never baked them!  Definitely next on my to-do list! 

  8. 1) I love this maple syrup groove you’re into right now!!

    2) Can’t wait to see all of your St. Lucia pictures on your photography page. 3) Please come back to Texas!! 🙂 Did you get to see the bats in Austin? 4) Those plates are gorgeous!!! Where did you get them? I’m pretty obsessed with anything gold at the moment. So those golden baked pears are definitely happening in my kitchen also!

    • Hey Catherine! Just popping in to let you know I got the plates from Walmart- they are actually the pioneer woman’s line! I will post a TON of st lucia pictures on my photography blog. I’ve already taken over 100!

  9. I love baked pears! This flavour sounds wonderful Sally!

  10. Thanks for the video Sally! I love it! Keep ’em coming!

  11. Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to get pears and try.
    I definitely must get a larger binder for all the recipes I’ve copied of yours. 
    I just made zucchini fritters for lunch; this has been a favorite since you posted it .
    Thanks, Sally, for sharing your wonderful recipes.
    Enjoy the sun!

  12. There’s some serious deliciousness going on here! LOVE the flavor combo! Amazing! 🙂

  13. I’m so happy to see this recipe on your blog, Sally! I love recipes that feature fruit as the star of the show, and I think we need to have more of them. Fruit gets so overlooked as a dessert option, but I think (with a little flair like your maple and vanilla) they can taste just as decadent as any cake, tart, or cookie. Lovely!

  14. Baked pears are such an elegant (and mostly healthy) dessert option, and when they are drizzled with maple syrup and vanilla and topped with creamy yoghurt and crunchy granola, even the fiercest chocoholic would be crazy to say no! I love this healthier dessert option, and hey, leftover are totally breakfast appropriate!

  15. Hey I like that idea — leftovers of this for breakfast!  Fresh juicy pears + maple syrup + vanilla = 3 of my favorite things.  I hope you are having a grand time in St. Lucia, and thanks for taking time from that to reply to my cherry question for those scones — I sure appreciate it!!  🙂

  16. Can’t wait to try the pears, but also needed to replenish my granola. Oh man the maple pecan granola is so good. I’m going to have to make another batch so I actually have some to put on the pears. 

  17. Oh. my. goodness. I was intrigued by this recipe but the fork cutting into the pear at the end of the video sold me. Heading to the grocery store NOW! 

  18. I love baked pears, they taste like melt in your mouth candy 🙂

  19. I’ve never had baked pears before so when I saw your beautiful photos I couldn’t resist but try it. It was so simple yet so delicious. This recipe is definitely a keeper, it was amazing. 

  20. I made these tonight and that were absolutely FANTASTIC! So easy, too! Also, seems to be diabetic-friendly.

  21. @SALLY

    Prepared pears are such a rich (and generally solid) dessert alternative, and when they are sprinkled with maple syrup and vanilla and finished with velvety yogurt and crunchy granola, even the fiercest chocoholic would be insane to say no! I cherish this more advantageous sweet alternative, and hey, remaining are absolutely breakfast proper.

    regards
    pooja

  22. College gave me a crazy appreciate for pears. I just love them! I’m all over how easy and simple this is but wow, what a unique dessert! Bless vanilla + maple granola combo. Also major congrats on this next step for SBA! It’s so cool to see and celebrate the success SBA is having!

  23. These could totally be served at a bougie restaurant!!!

  24. I LOVE baking fruits in the oven, love how easy they are to make and also how sweet and juicy the fruit gets!
    One of my fav winter treats are oven baked stuff apples. I stuff them with whatever I have on hand: chestnut puree, prunes, walnuts, almonds, etc. Never tried baking pear though, don’t know why. I just bought a pound of pears yesterday so I’ll try your recipe this weekend 🙂

    • Now I’m in the mood for walnut stuffed baked apples!

      • Oh yes, they are so good! And love how simple yet delicious they are. When I first suggested it as a winter dessert Boyfriend told me he didn’t care for them (which I just couldn’t understand why). So I made a batch mainly for myself but he tried them and became a convert! Ever since he’s happy when I make some 🙂

  25. I made these last night for a dinner party, they were so crazy easy (I’m not the greatest cook!) and everyone raved about them.  Thanks so much, this will be on regular rotation for sure.

  26. Wow! I fixed these for my family tonight. My 8 year old son said he didn’t want one…. but he ended up eating 2 halves as my husband and I both did! I topped with plain greek yogurt that I had added vanilla extract and honey to. Drizzled that with the syrup/vanilla mixture and sprinkled with cinnamon. Divine! We will do this again very soon!

  27. I am going to be making baked pears very soon reading all the comments I can’t wait to try them can the honey be substituted with something else

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