Toaster Oven Baked Pears Recipe

Brie Norris | Toaster Oven Love

Toaster oven baked pears are a decadent but light dessert for two. They’re so easy to make and have a hidden chocolate filling!

Fresh fruit is always a good dessert option but after a while, it can turn into a real snoozefest.

That’s why I love baking fruit, especially pears.

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Baking softens the pears and brings out a little extra sweetness. Plus you can dress them up with crunchy chopped nuts and a bit of HIDDEN melty chocolate.

What you end up with is a decadent but light dessert that no one would ever call boring.

Trying to avoid added sugar? Skip the chocolate and maple syrup. It’s still tasty, just not as sweet and dessert-like.

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How to Make Toaster Oven Baked Pears

Start by lightly oiling a toaster oven-safe baking dish. If you don’t have a baking dish that fits in your toaster oven you can use a rimmed sheet pan.

A mini cast iron skillet, like the one used to make this toaster oven frittata, will work too.

Next, grab a RIPE pear.

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How do you know if a pear is ripe?

The best way to test if a pear is ripe is to gently press your thumb against the neck or stem end. If it gives slightly under the pressure it’s ripe and ready to be eaten (or baked in this case).

Slice your ripe pear in half and scoop out the seeds. A rounded measuring spoon is a perfect tool for the job.

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Place the pear halves in your baking dish or pan. If they’re wobbling around all willy-nilly slice a thin strip off the back of each one and they will lay flat.

Now for the fun part!

Baked Pear Fillings:

  • Spices - Sprinkle each half with cinnamon. Sometimes I add a pinch of ginger or cardamom.
  • Chocolate - Pop a few chocolate chips or a small square of dark chocolate in the center cavity. A tiny dollop of peanut butter is another great option.
  • Nuts - Cover the chocolate with a tiny bit of nuts. I used pecan pieces but walnuts are equally delicious.
  • Maple Syrup - Because the pears are already sweet you don’t need a lot. A 1 teaspoon drizzle will go a long way.
File 1 - Toaster Oven Baked Pears

Bake your filled pear halves in a 350°F preheated toaster oven until they have softened. This will take about 25 to 35 minutes depending on the type of pear you use and how ripe it is.

With pear season in full swing, I’ve been making this recipe using a variety of pears.

  • Bartlett pears are super sweet and juicy but the texture after baking was kind of mealy.
  • The Bosc variety is less sweet, take longer to bake (about 30 to 35 minutes) and it’s tough to get a spoon through their thicker skin. If you use a Bosc pear I would lightly score the skin before baking.
  • Anjou pears are MY FAVORITE because they are sweet and have a medium-firm texture that turns buttery when baked.

To test for doneness I like to give the middles of the pears a little squeeze. It’s the same method I use to check if a batch of toaster oven baked potatoes are ready.

File 2 - Toaster Oven Baked Pears

Once your baked pear is tender it’s time for toppings!

I usually opt for a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

My husband, and his fantastic metabolism (yep, I’m a little jealous), always goes for a BIG scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The choice is yours!

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Toaster Oven Baked Pears Recipe

    2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Red Anjou Pear, (ripe)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 6 Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped Pecans
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Maple Syrup
Optional Toppings:
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream

Directions

  1. Adjust toaster oven cooking rack to the bottom position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking dish or cookie sheet.
  2. Halve pear and use a teaspoon to scoop out the seeds. If the halves do not lay flat, slice a thin piece off the back.
  3. Place pear halves in the baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon, fill with chocolate chips and pecan pieces. Drizzle maple syrup over both halves.
  4. Bake until pears soften about 25 to 35 minutes. The bake time will vary depending on the variety and ripeness of the pear used.
  5. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

 

Notes

  • To cook in a convection toaster oven reduce the temperature to 325°F and bake pears until softened, about 18 to 25 minutes.

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Author: Brie Norris
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 pear half
Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 56
Calories 118

% Daily Value*
11%
Total Fat 7g
5%
  Saturated Fat 1g
0%
Sodium 1mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate 14g
4%
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 8g
2%
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brie Norris

About Brie

Brie loves her toaster oven so much, she started Toaster Oven Love. We're so excited to see all the yummy things she comes up with as our Toaster Oven Cooking fanatic.