Quick Skillet Spiced Pears are reminiscent of a warm, cozy fall dessert without the sugar. Use them to top pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream – or enjoy them on their own for a fruity snack that feels fancy!
I take my food pretty seriously. I want it to be as delicious as possible. For that reason, I like to build my bites of food, and I save the best one for last. I carefully nibble around what I deem the perfect part of my pizza. The final bite of my salad has the perfect dressing-to-stuff ratio and is mostly toppings, with minimal lettuce. I eat those killer sweet potato fries last. And dessert is most important. The last bite of my ice cream has all the best mix-ins, the last bit of my cookie has the most chocolate chips, and when I’m finishing a sundae, that last bite has the exact right amount of every component.
Do I always labor over the perfect bite? No. I have a life. A lot of my meals are thrown together and eaten in about 6 minutes while I’m working. But when I have the chance to linger over a meal? You can bet I’m going to be enjoying all those bites as much as possible.
These pears are my way of building the perfect bite of pie.
That is, I’m not a fan of traditional pie crust, so I just go for filling. I’m the first to admit that I might have just never had fantastic pie crust. However, to me they all taste kind of like flour and nothing else.
Anyway, I love (not-too-sweet) pie filling. Thick peanut butter cream is basically my dream. Rich chocolate ganache is perfect. Warm, comforting, perfectly-spiced apples and pumpkin makes me so happy. Frankly, I’ve never had pear pie… but this is what the filling would taste like.
If you also favor the pie filling – or you’re just looking for a fun way to eat fruit – these spiced pears are absolutely for you. In about 10 minutes, you can have cozy, sweet, juicy pie-like goodness to eat on its own or over ice cream, yogurt, pancakes, waffles, or anything else your heart desires. Not a fan of pears? Try it with apples!
- 1 large Bosc pear
- 1/4 c. water
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- 1/8 t. nutmeg
- Chop pear into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Place a small skillet over medium heat and add pears, water, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stir.
- Allow mixture to come to a simmer and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When liquid has mostly evaporated, serve as desired.
- This is easily multiplied. I often only make a small batch since I'm just feeding myself, but feel free to make more in a larger skillet. These store well in the fridge for a couple of days.
- Serve over pancakes (pictured), waffles, yogurt, ice cream, or anything else that sounds good. Or, eat them straight out of the skillet. Been there, done that.
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It’s week 4 of the Autumn Produce Challenge with Kayla and Priya. Celebrate with us by linking up your best pear recipes below! And don’t forget to join us next week with your favorite winter squash recipes!
Do you build your bites?
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