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Roast pears with maple syrup and vanilla crème fraîche

A quick and easy dessert of soft warm pears roasted in a citrus-tinged maple syrup.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 4
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Roast pears with maple syrup and vanilla crème fraîche


  • 150 ml maple syrup
  • 150 gm caster sugar
  • 30 gm butter, diced
  • Juice of 1 orange, thinly peeled rind of ½
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 cinnamon quills
  • 4 ripe pears, unpeeled
  • Coarsely chopped roasted almonds, to serve
Vanilla crème fraîche
  • 250 gm crème fraîche
  • 200 ml pouring cream
  • Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tsp vanilla bean extract


  • 1
    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).
  • 2
    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).
  • 3
    Meanwhile, for vanilla crème fraîche, whisk ingredients in a bowl to soft peaks. Serve pears topped with vanilla crème fraîche and almonds.