I don’t like pears. So why, then, you ask would I make a recipe that features pears? Well, it’s quite simple. I got three pears in my CSA box this week and I don’t like anything to go to waste! So the obvious solution is to magically transform them into something delectable! Enter Meyer Lemon Roasted Pears with Elderberry Glaze!
I was also the lucky recipient of some beautiful meyer lemons this week, which are a super special treat! If you have never had a meyer lemon, they taste a bit sweeter, and little more floral than a regular lemon. They’re actually a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange! Their season is short, so snatch them up when you can! They make an awesome vinaigrette or addition to a salad because they’re not quite as tart as regular lemons!
So since I don’t care for pears in their natural form, I thought I would try them roasted! And guess what, roasting the pears made a pear believer out of me! Which only further proves my assertion that you can roast just about anything and it will be delicious! When you roast these pears with the coconut palm sugar on top, the sugar gets are crispy and delicious. The pears get soft and sweet. So now you have this sweet and crunchy combo that makes my mouth jump! Then, add the elderberry glaze on top for a gingery cinnamony kick and you are in business!
- 3 pears (I used d’angou but you could use any sort), peeled, halved and core spooned out
- 1 meyer lemon
- 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (I like this kind)
- 2 tbsp pastured butter
- 1/4 cup elderberry syrup – get my recipe here
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
- Place your peeled, halved and cored pears cut side up in a small baking dish
- Halve the lemon and squeeze the juice over the pears. Throw the lemon halves in the pan with the pears.
- Sprinkle the coconut palm sugar evenly over the pears.
- Distribute the butter evenly in pats on the pears
- Roast for 20-25 minutes, until the pears are fork tender and the sugar has caramelized on the pears
- While the pears are roasting, gently warm the elderberry syrup in a small sauce pan on the stove top
- When the pears have roasted, remove them from the oven and drizzle with warmed elderberry. Enjoy!
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