Roasted Pears with Orange Lime Syrup recipe

Roasted Pears with Orange Lime Syrup

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Our roasted pears are cooked in a delicious syrup made with fresh orange juice, lime juice, and a little bit of sugar. The syrup is cooked on top of the stove and added to the pears during the last 5 minutes of cooking. This allows the pears to get a little bit of a caramelization before the liquid goes in the pan.

It’s especially good with plain Greek yogurt served on the side. A spoon or two of the orange lime syrup drizzled over the top lends just the right amount of sweetness to the unsweetened yogurt. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated dessert for dinner, or a nice treat for yourself, these pears are great for all occasions.

Bosc Pears

Bosc pears work well in this recipe because the flesh is firmer than in other varieties, and they seem to hold up better when baking. They also have an elegant, tapered shape that makes a pleasing presentation. Pears are an excellent source of fiber, and they’re higher in pectin than apples. According to Cleveland Clinic, a diet rich in fiber can help lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar, among many other health benefits.

Tips

  • Don’t cut the pears until you’re almost ready to bake them. Like some fruit, once cut, they will oxidize quickly and turn brown. Use a melon scoop or a round measuring spoon to core the halved pears.
  • These pears also make a delicious breakfast with some plain Greek yogurt and a little granola on top.
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Roasted Pears

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Roasted Pears with Orange Lime Syrup

Ingredients

  • 4 firm-ripe Bosc pears, halved and cored
  • Butter to grease the baking dish
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the Syrup

  • 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 2 1/2 to 3 large oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Grease the bottom of a 9-x-13-inch baking dish with butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Arrange the pears cut side down in the dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

While the pears are in the oven, combine the orange juice, lime juice, and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a small saucepan. If you prefer to remove the pulp, pour the orange and lime juice through a strainer before adding it to the saucepan. This is optional. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low (a gentle bubbling in the pot), and continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

When the pears come out of the oven, pour the juice mixture over the pears and return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove the baking dish and place on a wire rack. The syrup will thicken as it cools. Place 2 pear halves on each serving plate. Top with plain Greek yogurt and drizzle with syrup.

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