Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr
Warm, comforting autumn flavours are very prominent in the side dish, which is so sweet you would think it was dessert!
- 2 -3 tablespoons honey
- 1 -2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon clove
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 -3 pears, chopped
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup dried sweetened cranberries (try orange flavour!)
- Combine honey with the three spices; blend well.
- Lay the pear on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle the spiced honey overtop.
- Roast the pear in a preheated 350* oven for about 10-15 minutes or until softened and caramelized.
- Stir the roasted pear into the pumpkin; stir in brown sugar.
- Stir in the cranberries.
- Cover and keep in a 200* degree oven for 30-45 minutes until heated through (and flavours have melded).
- Stir and serve (also really tasty the next day, when the flavours have REALLY melded!).
I made this and couldn't quite decide if it was an odd side dish or a messy dessert. I added a gingersnap crumb topping (with brown sugar and pecans), baked it another 25 minutes, and made it into a crumble. As such, it's found its way into my recipe file!
Comfort food, pure and simple! A perfect side dish for getting your kids to eat their veggies, and if you put a dollop of whip cream on top, it would make a fine, not-too-sweet dessert, for people who aren't big on sweets!