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Things to do with pears?

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GoneWishing Wed 22-Aug-18 08:58:17

The pear tree in our garden has suddenly produced quite a lot of fruit this year, and I don't want them to go to waste. They're not the nicest pears to eat uncooked (not very sweet). I'm only vaguely aware that pears can be cooked with... I'll be having a good browse online, but is there anything any of you really love to cook or bake with pears?

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Blondie1984 Wed 22-Aug-18 16:57:10

Both of these are divine

Grasslands Wed 22-Aug-18 16:59:28

Substitute in any recipe that calls for apple. Grate and freeze and substitute for 1/2 butter or oil in most baking recipes.

Katescurios Wed 22-Aug-18 16:59:30

Someone posted a quick recipe on this thread that others have said was delicious

GoneWishing Wed 22-Aug-18 17:31:52

Thanks everyone! I'll attempt a cake at least, and the caramelised pears on the other thread sound lovely and quick to make. smile

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prettygreywalls Wed 22-Aug-18 17:36:31

Pear and ginger crumble - delicious sorry no recipe as I made it up as I went along but think lightly cook pears in water with a little sugar then add ginger , make a crumble topping and bake until golden, Ive also done just pears and added ginger into the crumble , or no ginger but use a chocolate sauce / custard .

Seniorschoolmum Wed 22-Aug-18 17:38:15

Pear crumble, and put some chopped hazel nuts into the crumble top. Fab with cream.

wowfudge Sat 25-Aug-18 12:14:56

Pear chutney - we had a Conference pear tree in our old garden. I miss it. The best pear chutney I made used some spices and raisins but no peppers or tomatoes.

Panicmode1 Sat 25-Aug-18 12:16:34

I make a lovely pear tarte tatin - I think it's actually a Gordon ramsay recipe I found online. Delicious and very easy to do!

steppingout Sat 25-Aug-18 12:24:10

If you want to keep them going for longer, I had a similar tree and used to can them - something along the lines of this recipe.
They're delicious with yogurt/on porridge/with ice cream for pudding and keep for up to a year. I think Waitrose also have a recipe for a pear and ginger preserve which is tasty.

woollyjumperseason Sat 25-Aug-18 12:41:35

For something savoury this is very yummy, it uses pears in its marinade.

needyourlovingtouch Sat 25-Aug-18 13:56:33


GoneWishing Sun 02-Sep-18 22:55:12

Popping back to testify that Nigel Slater's pear and ginger cake was very good indeed, even without the icing, which I couldn't be bothered with! smile

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nicslackey Sat 15-Sep-18 11:26:22

poached in red wine, sugar and cinnamon stick until tender. Remove and reduce liquid to a warm syrup and serve with cream

Mummaluelae Thu 27-Sep-18 08:59:56

Pear in a curry
Pear cake
Pear in coleslaw

Synecdoche Thu 27-Sep-18 09:13:40

Pear and dark chocolate crumble!

inquiquotiokixul Thu 27-Sep-18 09:17:54

Poach pears in red wine with a spoonful of sugar, and serve for pudding with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Caramelised pear and gorgonzola cheese is the best pizza topping in the universe.

UrbaneSprawl Thu 27-Sep-18 09:24:48

Pear, dolcelatte and walnut salad, ideally on some quite bitter salad leaves, is another great savoury way with pears.

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