Pears With Maple Syrup, Pecans and Cranberries - Microwave

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

A delicious low fat and EASY dessert to impress! A wonderful mix of ingredients that is great served with home-made ice cream or creme fraiche. These pears cook quite happily in the microwave - as well as the more conventional baking or stove top method too. A recipe I devised for our Bed & Brekafast last Autumn, after a huge harvest of pears from our garden and whilst also trying to find a use for numerous opened packets of dried fruits and nuts!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Microwave method:.
  2. Place the peeled, cored and halved pears into a microwaveable dish. Place them cut side down.
  3. Scatter the dried cranberries over the pears.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup over the pears & cranberries & cover with microwaveable cling film.
  5. Microwave on High for 3 minutes until softened, stirring half way through.
  6. Uncover and leave to cool off slightly for a few minutes.
  7. Stir the pecan nuts through the syrup.
  8. Spoon into serving dishes making sure EVERYONE gets some nutty syrup & cranberries! (1 pear - 2 halves per person!).
  9. Drizzle over the remaining maple syrup.
  10. Serve with ice cream or creme fraiche. Yoghurt is nice with this dessert too.
  11. Oven baking method:.
  12. Pre-heat oven to 200 C or 400°F.
  13. Follow recipe as above, making sure the dish is oven proof!
  14. Bake for about 45 minutes or until pears are soft but still holding their shape.
  15. Mix in nuts as before and serve as before.
  16. (These can also be cooked in a deep frying pan, skillet or wok on top of the stove with a lid placed over them; Bring them to a slow boil and then simmer gently for about 30 - 45 minutes. Serve as before.).
Most Helpful

4 5

Tried this tonight as part of our family Valentine's meal. While we thought it was ok, it wasn't terribly impressive. Something about the cranberries seemed odd to us, and the maple flavor was not as prominent as we would have liked. That said, it was a fine dessert. I think I'll explore other ways of cooking pears. Thanks so much for a fun one to try! Tagged and reviewed for the "I recommend" game.

5 5

Yum, delicious is right! The maple syrup really enhanced the flavors of the pear, cranberries, and pecans. I used the oven method, and since the pears were very ripe and soft, they were ready in about 30 minutes. Served with vanilla ice cream, and we loved the combo.

5 5

A lovely, simple dessert - great for using up those wonderful Harry and David pears we received as a gift. Fast and easy. I used a bit more maple syrup because it tasted so good and used almonds and dried cherries. Thanks for sharing!

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