Vanilla Roasted Honey Pears….. mmmmm… good discovery! Light, simple, good by itself or paired with ice cream (in our case-rice dream) or yogurt! My mom got this recipe from her friend who has a really neat blog called Cher Stuff http://www.cherilitchfield.blogspot.ca/. These were good warm out of the oven and even good cold the next day mixed into my yogurt!
It has been fun being at my parents because they have many food sensitivities too, so its like we are on the same team in the kitchen! My hubby is flying in today so we are going to have to make things a little more hearty from now on! haha. I remember the first time he came to my parents he discovered it was a good idea to eat a meal before our supper at the house! We would go get some fast food before dinner Haha. It is true, if you are not use to clean, simple foods they do not seem satisfying at all. I have experienced the same thing!
When you eat all the junky good stuff your taste buds definitely change and you need to end your meal feeling completely or overly full to feel satisfied and the food has to be full of salty and fatty and sugary goodness. Once your taste buds get use to healthy food it begins to have so much flavor and you will never miss the old stuff. This was something that was so suprizing to me when I had to change the way I ate. I remember eating a potato with nothing on it and thinking, ‘oh my gosh this potato is bursting with flavor!’ I could hardly believe how fresh food began to have so much flavor that I never once appreciated before.
My grandpa is from Ireland and he had the concept that you eat until you are satisfied, not full. This is about a 80% level of fullness. He ate a lot from his garden and was a pretty simple man! He worked for the RCMP and lived a healthy happy life. This concept is very wise but not fun or even possible if you are trying to live it but living on ‘junky foods’. My advise is don’t even bother unless you are going to change what you are eating first-at least I can’t do it! I have a hard time stopping before I am stuffed unless I am on to eating good.
Anyway, looking at the clock me realize I better scurry and pick up my hubby from the airport!! Horrray! First stop- probably the pita pit with Ketchup chips-his favorite! Have you ever had?
Have a good one!
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 vanilla bean
- 3 large pears
- juice of 1 lemon
- ½ cup water
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Combine the honey and water in a small bowl with the seeds from the vanilla bean.*
- Cut the pears in half through the stem and using a small spoon scoop the core out.
- Arrange the pears cut side up in a 9×9″ baking dish and drizzle with the lemon juice, then pour the honey, vanilla seed, water mixture over. Nestle the empty vanilla pods between the pears in the bottom of the dish. Dot each pear half with some butter.
- Roast the pears for 30 minutes. Turn them over and continue roasting for about another 30 minutes, or until tender.** The juices will be lovely and carmelized – perfect for spooning over the ice cream or creme fraiche that gets along so well with this.
- *With a sharp knife split the vanilla bean in half length-wise. Open the pod up and using the back of the knife scrape the seeds out. Simple.
- **If the juices are carmelizing too fast – if they are quite thick and you think another 30 minutes in the oven is going to spell black disaster for your sweet syrup – add another ⅓ cup water to the pan when you turn the pears over. If you have really juicy pears you will be fine but if they are more than slightly under-ripe you will likely need a little more water.