Simple Candied Pears
February, 2016 · By Coryanne Ettiene
I love it when a simple idea turns into something nothing short of genius. And these Simple Candied Pears are just that. You see, I can say that about myself because I know all too well that many of my ideas are anything but. But…. over the Christmas holidays while sitting in the kitchen looking at a dozen pears that were meant to be made into a stunning tart instead of being sidelined for snacking, I got a bit chilly and turned the oven on. Usually I have to support this act of insubordination by cooking, so I looked at the pears and thought, “Huh, let’s make candied pears”.
I had them once before, many yeas ago in a small cafe in Nice. They were candied with rosemary and tossed into a field green salad and served on a white table cloth that made me a bit nervous given the fact that I was just shy of 22, covered in a 2 day old beach haze and showing off my new Hennah tattoo. Yes, I blended right in, but I digress. These Candied Pears were amazing, slightly chewy, crunchy on along the edges and delicate the touch. Done in slices, candied pears are nothing like the candied whole pears that you see adorning various cakes on Pinterest; these little charmers are the sort of thing you would find in a rustic kitchen a hundred years ago hand made by a woman named Rita who spent the morning feeding chickens and climbing pear trees…or at least that is the story I tell myself when I line my tray with parchment and turn the oven on.
Rather than a recipe, let’s call this an inspiration. These simple candied pears take no time at all and can change so drastically with the simplest of seasonings. For savory candied pears, try them with rosemary, salt and pepper, for a sweeter touch, a dollop of lemon juice and graduate sugar. Or go bold with cinnamon, add heat with a dash of cayenne or embrace something wild by exploring your spice pantry.
Simple Candied Pears
- 1 Bosc Pear, thinly sliced
- 1 Cup of white granulated sugar
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Place your sugar on a plate next to a small bowl of lemon juice. Delicately brush the pear with lemon juice, then place on the sugar plate, dusting each side before moving to the baking tray.
- Once the tray is full, place in a preheated oven and bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. The thinner the slice, the quicker they will bake so be mindful. Remove and let stand for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Eat once room temperature.