These Granola Streusel Baked Pears couldn’t be easier to make and make a great breakfast treat or even a fabulous – almost healthy! – dessert. Gorgeous D’Anjou pears are stuffed with a delicious cinnamon granola streusel and baked in an apple juice bath until fork tender. A dollop of Greek yogurt is placed on top before being sprinkled with yet more struesel.
Most days, it’s hard to remember life pre-children. An ironic thing to say from the mama about to welcome their fourth child into the world in two months. I remember making these baked pears as a breakfast side dish the first time on one of the first weekend visits from Andy’s parents after we were married.
Breakfast side dish? Who does that? A girl obviously with too much time on her hands and no children to tend to. Or perhaps one who owes a lovely breakfast to her in-laws after they spent the night on an insanely uncomfortable mauve pull-out sofa in the tiniest guest bedroom. I actually fit the bill for both in this story.
During a recent grocery trip, I spied that pears were on sale and for some reason it triggered the memory of these baked pears. I don’t remember the last time I made them but knew I wanted to remedy the situation. I had a feeling they would be a perfect special breakfast treat for the menagerie and my mama intuition was right.
These pears couldn’t be easier to make and make a great breakfast treat or even a fabulous – almost healthy! – dessert. I decided to change up the original recipe I had used in the past by including granola in the streusel mixture. If I do say, it was a smart decision on my part! Gorgeous D’Anjou pears are stuffed with a delicious cinnamon granola streusel and baked in an apple juice bath until fork tender. A dollop of Greek yogurt is placed on top before being sprinkled with yet more struesel. You can’t ever have enough, right?
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 1 cup granola
- 4 D'Anjou pears, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a small bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and allspice. Add granola and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the core from each pear half. To allow pears to sit evenly in baking dish, cut a small piece from the bottom of each pear and place in 9x13" baking dish.
- Spoon streusel mixture evenly into pear halves.
- Pour apple juice into baking dish around pears.
- Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 30-35 minutes. Uncover and bake and additional 5 minutes or until pears are fork tender.
- Serve each pear half topped with ¼ cup Greek yogurt and additional streusel. If desired, drizzle with cooking liquid.
These Granola Streusel Baked Pears are the perfect marriage of seasonal fruit and comfort food and sure to be a loved by anyone lucky enough to give them a try.
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This recipe first appeared as a guest post for Lulu the Baker, here.