150 mlmaple syrup150 gmcaster sugar30 gmbutter, dicedJuice of 1 orange, thinly peeled rind of ½Juice of ½ lemon2cinnamon quills4ripe pears, unpeeledCoarsely chopped roasted almonds, to serveVanilla crème fraîche250 gmcrème fraîche200 mlpouring creamScraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
Preheat oven to 240C. Combine maple syrup,
sugar, butter, juices, rind and cinnamon in a
roasting pan large enough to fit halved pears
snugly in a single layer, and place in oven for
butter and maple syrup to melt (1-2 minutes).
Meanwhile, halve pears and scoop out cores.
Stir maple syrup mixture in roasting pan to
combine, add pears cut-side down and roast,
turning halfway through cooking, until tender
and caramelised (20-25 minutes, depending on
firmness of the fruit; check every 15 minutes).
Meanwhile, for vanilla crème fraîche, whisk
ingredients in a bowl to soft peaks. Serve pears
topped with vanilla crème fraîche and almonds.