Baked pears with cheese
If you have been following this blog for a while, you probably know that I am a big fan of unusual tastes and combinations. This recipe has been around for a long time, but for me (and for most people probably) it is not something I used to. In any case, these baked pears with cheese were absolutely delightful. Veganizing non-vegan dishes is my favorite thing to do lately.
I was a bit confused about where to put this recipe, sweet or savory category. I am still not sure, but I went with the savory one just because I have fewer recipes there.
One thing is for sure, I will make this dish many times. It only requires a few ingredients and has a really short baking time. There are also a few good things to be said about pears, so I decided to add that to my post as well.
Some health benefits
Pears are especially rich in folate, vitamin C, copper, and potassium. They’re also a good source of polyphenol antioxidants. They offer dietary fiber, including prebiotics, which promotes bowel regularity, constipation relief, and overall digestive health. To get the most fiber from your pear, eat it with the skin on.
Pears harbor many beneficial plant compounds. Those in red pears may protect heart health, while those in green pears may promote eye health. They are a rich source of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation and protect against certain diseases. Also, they are rich in potent antioxidants, such as procyanidins and quercetin, that can boost heart health by improving blood pressure and cholesterol. Eating pears regularly may also reduce stroke risk.
They contain many potent plant compounds that may have cancer-fighting properties. However, more research is needed on that subject. Pears may help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes due to their fiber and anthocyanin contents.
Eating pears regularly may help you feel full because of their high amounts of water and fiber. In turn, this may help you lose weight. They are widely available and easy to add to your diet. You can eat them whole with the skin on or incorporate them into main dishes. And if you lack ideas on how to prepare them, thy these delicious baked pears with cheese.
A piece of advice
There is nothing very complicated about this recipe, and it does not require any weird ingredients. But I will let you in on a few details that may be somewhat helpful.
I used Williams pears for this recipe, and they were delicious. I assume other kinds of pears would work too, but I never tried such versions of the dish. I also suggest you find a vegan cheese that melts so you get the best results. If you are having trouble with this, give the cheese cubes a little push by pressing them down with a spoon or fork. Also, I really wanted to use fresh rosemary for this dish, but I couldn’t find any in this time of year. Hope I’ll get lucky soon.
If you want the pears to stand still on a plate and not roll around much, cut a small chunk from the side with the skin. When removing the seeds in the middle, be careful not to pierce them all the way trough.
I topped them off with a small amount of maple syrup in the end, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t have any, they will be just as delicious. These measurements are enough for 4 pears (8 halves), so if you need more than that, make sure you adjust the measurements accordingly.
Baked pears with cheese
4 Williams pears
35 g of vegan butter
25 g of sugar
100 g of vegan cheese
a few crushed almonds (or pine nuts)
a pinch of pepper
maple syrup (optional)
- Cut the pears in half. Take a teaspoon and scoop out the middle part with seeds. If you want the pears to stand still on a plate and not roll around much, cut a small chunk from the side with the skin.
- Melt the vegan butter on low heat and mix it with sugar. Pour them into a baking dish. Place the pears in the baking dish with the skin side up. Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 F) and bake the pears for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the vegan cheese into small cubes (small enough to fit into the middle you scooped out).
- Take the baking dish out of the oven and flip them. Put a cube of vegan cheese into each half (in the hole you scooped out). Put them back into the oven and bake them for another 5 minutes (or until the cheese melts) on the same temperature.
- Take the pears out and top the off with a pinch of pepper, some dried rosemary, crushed almonds and a splash of maple syrup. Serve the vegan baked pears with cheese while they are still warm.
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