Baked Pears with Cranberry Sauce


This baked pear recipe from Share My Kitchen was my inspiration one chilly morning a few days before Christmas. I wanted something festive, but still meeting my criteria of coming together fairly quickly. As it turns out, I prefer to sleep a few extra minutes rather than labor over elaborate breakfast offerings. But I also have high standards and want to give our guests something special so they really feel they’ve been pampered.

The original recipe has the pears filled with a mixture of walnuts and blue cheese – delicious I am certain but maybe not quite right for breakfast. I decided to add a little color and holiday flair with a basic cranberry sauce (cranberries boiled in sugar water until soft, with a splash of citrus, a sprinkling of nutmeg, and a pinch of salt). I filled out the plate with a couple slices of nice thick bacon (we had some very enthusiastic bacon lovers that morning!) and fresh orange slices.

Baked pears with cranberries and bacon

The photos from the original recipe are so beautiful, but when I tried to recreate the flipped over presentation it just didn’t work. I did brush the puff pastry with a mixture of egg and cinnamon, however, so the crust was quite lovely (though in my photo it somewhat resembles a baked potato).

They were beyond delicious. The pears were sweet and soft, the puff pastry a cinnamon-y crunch on the outside. The cranberries brought in a tangy edge that just enhanced the other flavors so nicely. And the bacon was, well, bacon. Do I need to say more?

On Saturday and Sunday mornings I sneak out of the house before everyone else awakes and drive into town to cook breakfast for the guests at The Inn at 400 West High. This gorgeous B & B right in the heart of beautiful Charlottesville is owned by my mother-in-law and we get some of the nicest guests! I share some of my breakfast compositions here in my ongoing Breakfast at the Inn series.


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