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Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone

Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone Filling ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #dessert #recipe

Do you ever walk into the grocery store and find yourself smitten with some piece of fruit you see in the entrance? This was one of those times. I walked in … and there were these gorgeous pears … I was intrigued, and then drawn, and then … I just had to have them. I wasn’t intending to buy pears, but there they were, in their beautious shape, and some with that lovely green/yellow pear glow and a blush of pink. Oh what beauty! I picked out a large bunch of the most perfect pears in the store and decided I must share these beauties with my parents and my sister that I was going to visit last weekend.

I remembered the gorgeous roasted pears I made last summer and decided I need to introduce my family to this magic. So I stopped by the “gourmet cheese” section on my way out and picked up some Mascarpone, a treat you will rarely find at my parents’ place because they live in a more remote area, where things like Mascarpone and perfect pears are not easily obtained. The perfect foods you find at my parents’ place are grown by them … or, in this case, imported by one of the daughters.

They were surprised by the pears when I served them: someone said they expected them to be overly sweet, but they’re not. This dessert has just a hint of sweet, very light, the pears tender and juicy, with a creamy crunchy filling. It’s a great dessert option after a big meal when you want something elegant that won’t weigh you down. Roasting pears changes their texture entirely and brings out their character in a way you perhaps didn’t quite expect, but are quite pleased to discover.

Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone Filling

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 pear half

Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone Filling


  • 4 ripe pears
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the filling:
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans or walnuts
  • For the top: whole pecans or walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Wash and slice the pears in half vertically, then use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the core.
  2. Set the pears in a baking pan, cut side up. In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup and vanilla, then brush the tops of the pears with the syrup. Set the pears in the oven to roast for 25 - 35 minutes or until tender.
  3. While the pears are baking, in a small bowl, mix together the filling ingredients.
  4. When the pears are tender, pull them out of the oven and spoon a scoopful of the filling into the "hole" for each pear. Top each half with a whole nut. Some of the mascarpone filling will melt down into the bottom of the pan to make a delightful "sauce". Serve a half pear to each person, drizzled with the sauce.


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Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone Filling ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #dessert #recipe

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One Response

  1. Will have to make this . Sounds yummy.

    April 5, 2014 at 8:06 am