Chase Away Winter with These 11 Tasty Pear Recipes

Seckel Pears • Photo by Laura Luciano

Malverne Mal and Holstville Hal disagreed about their shadows this year and now it’s anyone’s guess how long winter will last. Instead of crying into my bowl of porridge, I’m planning to make the best of it. As long as I have plenty of fruit and vegetables to eat, I’ll be fine hanging out in the kitchen a little while longer.

However, after months of eating apples, I’m ready for something different. Since most of the winter fruit we eat comes from cold storage, I’m still pretty limited. With this in mind, I’ve got my sight set on pears. Even though they don’t give you a satisfying crunch like apples do, I find that their milder taste makes them a perfect addition to salads and savory dishes.

Since I don’t usually incorporate pears into my meals, I went hunting for some ideas. These 11 recipes will chase away winter’s chill and convince you to fall in love with pears too.

1.) Winter Toast with Pear, Goat Cheese, and Honey

I don’t know what it is about the winter air that makes spend way too much time dreaming about toast. I love that I can slather it with all sorts of good stuff like The Roasted Root did with this winter toast recipe. It’s the perfect blend of salty, sweet, crunchy, and creamy!

2.) Steel Cut Oatmeal with Plums and Pears

Why settle for a boring old bowl of cereal when you can dive into a hearty bowl of steel cut oats instead? This belly-warming, fiber-rich recipe from An Affair From The Heart is loaded up with fresh pears, dried plums, and almonds.

3.) Pear Almond Tart

Sometimes a dessert is almost too pretty to eat, but then we smack ourselves upside the head and dig in. Such is the case with this stunning tart from Pastry Affair. Made with sweet pears, a tender crust, and an almond filling, this dainty dessert allows pears to take on a starring role.

4.) Creamy Spinach and Pear Soup

Pears in soup might sound odd, but this bright bowl of green goodness from Love and Olive Oil has me drooling. The crisp pancetta bits add a nice savory element to an otherwise fruity soup and the cashews and mascarpone cheese add a welcoming creamy element to thicken it up.

5.) Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes

Even though these adorable little cakes are meant for dessert, I would serve them for Sunday breakfast with the kids. Baking A Moment drowns these little Seckle pears under a dreamy layer of brown sugar and vanilla and then bakes them under a fluffy vanilla cake. Simple, yet magical.

6.) Pears & Greens Salad with Blueberries & Pecans

If you’re looking for something healthy to pair your pears with, look no further than this salad from Simply Sated. This simple salad is an easy way to get in all of your fruits and veggies in one sitting. Topped off with a Basil Green Goddess Dressing, it’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Add some grilled chicken and it becomes a delicious dinner too!

7.) Vegan Oatmeal with Pears

Top With Cinnamon takes your morning bowl of oatmeal to a completely different level with this recipe. Made with pinhead oats, this baked porridge does require that the oats be soaked overnight. But when it’s chock full of hazelnuts, dates and dark chocolate too, who’s complaining?

8.) Chocolate Mousse Poached Pear Tart

This is the recipe that you’ll want to bookmark for a special occasion. Savory Simple appeals to the chocolate lover in us all with this indulgent dish. Spiced poached pears sit on top of a decadent dark chocolate mousse inside of a cookie dough shell. What are you waiting for?

9.) Lentil Salad with Caramelized Pears & Blue Cheese

This winter salad from Dels Cooking Twist is perfect for meatless Monday. Honey balsamic pears are caramelized first and then nestled in a bed of peppery arugula and cooked lentils. Add-ins like hazelnuts, cranberries and crumbled blue cheese make this salad both sweet and savory.

10.) Pears in Puff Pastry

Who doesn’t have a sheet of puff pastry hiding out in the freezer? This gorgeous recipe from Icing Sugar keeps things nice and simple with just pears and chopped nuts. Plus, it can be ready in a jiffy and jazzed up with a dusting of cinnamon and turbinado sugar.

11.) Pear Almond Clafoutis

Pears and almonds are a beautiful match together, especially in this dish from Spinach Tiger. This clafoutis is similar in nature to a sweet fruit quiche and manages to be both elegant and rustic all at once. It’s almost too pretty to eat.