Looking For Something Different For Dessert? How About Baked Pears With Goat Cheese?

Posted on: 13 August 2015

If you've been looking for a way to shake things up around your mealtimes, goat cheese may be just the ingredient your kitchen has been lacking. This moist, creamy cheese adds a mild salty flavor to any dish it's added to. Although most people reserve their thoughts of goat cheese for things like salad, pizza and other savory dishes, you may be surprised to find out it's a great ingredient for dessert as well. When you're looking for a unique and flavor-packed way to highlight this new addition to your refrigerator, consider a dish like baked pears with fresh goat cheese. Here's how to make it.

Gather Your Ingredients

  • 1 fresh lemon, sliced in half
  • 4 ripe pears
  • 1 cup water or pear juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey

Make the Dish

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, squeeze the juice of half of the lemon into the bottom of a medium-sized baking dish.

Whisk together the water, spices and brown sugar, mixing them well.

Slice the fresh pears in half lengthwise, then scoop out the core in the middle of each half. Peel the skin off each pear half, then place them with the cut-side facing down in the baking pan.

Squeeze the rest of the lemon juice over the pears. Bake them for about a half-hour, or until they start to soften without losing their shape.

Gently turn the pears over so the cut side faces up. Fill each pear with a small amount of goat cheese. To do this, break off about a teaspoon-full and round it out so it forms an oval shape, then place the cheese into the hole created by coring the pear.

Bake the pears for an additional 10 minutes, then serve them warm. Drizzle them with a small amount of the spice liquid left in the pan, then a bit of fresh honey before serving. Serve them warm, straight from the oven for a comforting, flavorful dessert.

The next time you're hosting dinner for your friends or you just want to offer your family something unique and different for dessert, consider trying some fresh goat cheese in a dessert like this. You may find that you enjoy the creamy, cool addition of the cheese to your baked fruit.