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Pears baked in pastry

pear baked in pastry

Yesterday, I tested one of the recipes I want to do for Christmas. Easy to make,  this cozy dessert has plenty of “wow” factor and it looks like a beehive.

This is an elegant dessert and is fancy enough for a dinner party and also can be made ahead.

pear baked in pastry


  • 4 small pears
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 50 ml cognac (optional)
  • 1 small lemon, halved
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 to 8 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg

pear baked in pastry


Peel pears and core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. 

In a large saucepan, combine the water, sugar, honey, lemon halves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cognac and cloves. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add bean and seeds to sugar mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; place pears on their sides in saucepan and poach, uncovered, for 18-22 minutes or until pears are almost tender, basting occasionally with poaching liquid.

Remove pears with a slotted spoon and cool slightly. Cook the liquid until is thick and syrupy, about 10-15 minutes.

Unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 2 cm – wide strips. Starting at the bottom of a pear, wrap a pastry strip around pear, adding additional strips until pear is completely wrapped in pastry. Repeat with remaining pears and puff pastry.

Transfer into a baking pan line with parchment paper.  Beat the egg and brush the pastry with it. Bake at 220 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Place pears on dessert plates and drizzle with syrup. Serve warm.

pear baked in pastry


206 thoughts on “Pears baked in pastry

  1. Thanks for finding my post about apples. I think I could do apples in the puff pastry wrap. Excellent idea. I will happily forward your site to a few friends who like to cook.

  2. Thanks for looking at my new book. Your photography is really top notch. My wife really loves pears so I’ll be making these as soon as I can find some good pears.

  3. Wonderful recipe 🙂 and so beautiful pictures. May I ask you for something interesting with honey? Thank you in advance

  4. Wow – what a great idea! They look amazing. I have some pears at home now so will definitely try this over the coming week 🙂

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