21 pear recipes
Use this juicy, autumnal fruit in our favourite pear recipes, from decadent puddings and autumnal bakes to smart dinner party desserts and salads
Looking for pear recipes? We've got plenty of inspiration for cooking with pears, from pear desserts including autumnal crumbles, impressive tarts and pies, to savoury pear ideas for vegetarian entertaining, as well as out refreshing pear salad recipes.
Also check out our plum recipes and blackberry recipes and more autumn recipes.
Pear dessert recipes
A classic crumble with a thick, crunchy top, this comforting pud really makes the most of pears. Custard or ice cream are non-negotiable!
Pear and blackberry crumble bars
Pears are paired with fresh blackberries and runny honey to create these nutty crumble bars – brilliant for an afternoon treat or breakfast on the go.
Pear tarte tatin
Making a classic tarte tatin may be the ultimate pudding showstopper, but combine it with ripe British pears and you’re reaching perfection. Remember, ice cream on the side is non-negotiable.
Salted caramel pear cake
Spiced poached pears and pecans fill this impressive layer cake – a brilliant autumnal alternative to Victoria sponge.
To get the nutty flavour in this cake you need to cook the butter until the milk solids turn golden, then cool and cream with the sugar as in a standard cake method. It takes a bit longer but is worth it for the flavour.
Poached pears with pedro ximénez and chocolate sauce
A fancy dessert idea that makes the most of Williams pears, smooth dark chocolate sauce and pedro ximénez sherry. And it only takes 25 minutes to make!
Pear patchwork pie
Check out this impressive pear pie recipe with sugar-topped flaky pastry. This easy dessert is packed with vibrant chunky rhubarb and seasonal pears, a perfect family pudding.
Author Stuart Ovenden says “It’s impossible to forget a stargazy pie if you’ve ever seen one. Cornish in origin, it’s a traditional savoury dish of baked sardines, eggs and potatoes, complete with fish heads poking through the pastry to (supposedly) look up wistfully at the stars. Oddly enough, it’s the inspiration for this dessert but without the sardines of course. In my sweetened version, pears have the astronomical inclination – I love the way that the rhubarb dyes the plump base of each pear with a blush of pink.”
Pear and salted caramel blondies
Check out these moreish blondies with salted caramel and pears. Whip these up in under an hour for an easy treat to serve friends or family. Try more of our brownie and blondie recipes.
Pears poached in perry with candied walnuts
Want an impressive dinner party dessert for four? Check out our easy pear recipe poached in perry, served with chantilly cream and topped with crunchy candied walnuts.
Pear and brioche bread and butter pudding
This pear pudding should be on the custardy side rather than bready. You may need to push the brioche under the egg mix at the start to make sure it is completely covered.
Pear and ginger upside down cake
Try our pear and ginger upside-down cake; it's moist, light and delicately sweet. Impress your friends and family this weekend with our easy-to-make cake. Bake one of our show-stopping cakes here...
Pear and chocolate pudding
The best chocolate puddings are the ones that you don't have to share. We love these individual little pots of chocolate sponge and pear. Just add cream to serve and let your family and friends dive in.
Pear, saffron and browned butter muffins
If muffins with muffin tops are what you are after, don't use paper cases, just butter the muffin holes. These work perfectly well without the saffron if you don't have any – you could add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg instead, if you like. Make a batch of muffins for on-the-go snacks here...
Crémant poached pear, hazelnut praline and hot chocolate sauce
This recipe for crémant poached pear, hazelnut praline and hot chocolate sauce comes from Oldroyd restaurant in Islington. Crément is a type of sparkling wine. This recipe is great for entertaining.
Poached pears with maple cinnamon granola
Try our recipe for cider poached pears with maple cinnamon granola, it makes an easy but delicious vegetarian dessert for four.
Pear salad recipes
Griddled pear, rocket and prosciutto salad
Sweet seared pear, crunchy toasted hazelnuts and salty prosciutto all go into making this simple but sophisticated gluten free starter.
Pear salad with pickled grape, taleggio and walnuts
Tangy pickled grapes meet creamy taleggio in this gluten free recipe, the perfect low calorie midweek meal.
Pear, pecan and dolcelatte salad
A simple idea for a dinner party starter or quick recipe. Seasonal pears work brilliantly with pecan nuts and creamy dolcelatte blue cheese for this vegetarian no-cook dish, ready in 15 minutes.
Red pear and Serrano ham salad
Serrano ham and pear are a match made in heaven. This salad makes a great, easy, low-calorie dinner that's ready in just 15 minutes.
Savoury pear recipes
Catherine Wheel sausage with pears, cobnuts and celeriac mash
Check out this comforting sausage recipe with chipolatas and creamy celeriac mash. It’s not just the name that makes this dish perfect for a bonfire or firework party. The mix of sticky, sweet, savoury and a pop of heat from the mustard is exactly the kind of thing you want to be eating on a cold autumn night – fire blazing, scarves done up tightly and sparklers at the ready.
Winter-spiced pear cocktail
A minty fresh mojito no longer seems appropriate at this time of year and yet glass after glass of mulled wine can be a bit much. This winter-spiced pear cocktail bridges that gap perfectly, it’s light but the warming spices of star anise and cinnamon and the silky texture you get from the egg white make it a great seasonal alternative.
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