Apples, pears and dried fruit make a great combination in this pear-stuffed baked apple recipe. This easy recipe is perfect for a yummy dessert! Kids and adults alike will love this fresh tasting dessert- my kids ask for seconds every time!
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But what makes pear-stuffed baked apples so special? First, the pears add a lovely sweetness to the dish, while the apples provide a “just the right tartness” counterpoint. Second, the stuffing itself is simply divine. A mix of brown sugar, nuts, and spices, it’s the perfect complement to the fruit. Finally, baking the apples brings out their natural sweetness and gives them a beautiful caramelized flavor.
FAQs About Our Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples
How ripe should my apples be to make this dessert?
For this recipe, you’ll want to use apples that are just ripe enough to be soft when cooked. If they’re too ripe, they’ll fall apart during baking. But if they’re not ripe enough, they’ll be too firm and won’t absorb the flavors of the filling as well.
What kind of pears should I use?
We used Bartlett pears, but you could also use Anjou or Bosc pears. Just make sure they’re ripe enough to be soft when cooked.
Do I have to use dried fruit in this recipe?
Can I use walnuts instead of pecans?
Does the lemon juice have to be fresh or can I use bottled lemon juice?
What kind of apples should I use?
Do I have to use light brown sugar?
No, you don’t have to use light brown sugar. You could use any regular brown sugar or even white sugar if you prefer. We just think the light brown sugar gives the filling a nice, caramel-like flavor. Like all our recipes, you can make any changes you would prefer.
Can I top it with vanilla ice cream?
Absolutely! We think these Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples are even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. You could also top with sugar free vanilla ice cream, vanilla frozen yogurt, chilled vanilla Greek yogurt, or even just a bit of real whipped cream. Feel free to top them with whatever you like!
How long will the Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples last once I make them?
Help! My apples got too mushy! What did I do wrong?
Apples are a great option for dessert because they’re:
– Soft when cooked
Not only are apples delicious, but they’re also nutritious! Apples are a good source of fiber, they contain antioxidants, can help lower cholesterol, may help protect against some types of cancer, and they can help regulate blood sugar levels.
These Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples are the perfect dessert for any occasioned audience! So easy to make, and so delicious! The combination of apples, pears and dried fruit is just heavenly. Trust us!
If you and your family love this apple recipe, try this amazing Apple Galette!
Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples
- 4 large Gala apples
- 3 Bartlett pears peeled, chopped
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/4 cup pecans finely chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons caramel dip
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Remove tops from apples and core, leaving apples whole. Sprinkle inside with lemon juice.
- Mix pear, pecans, dried fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar in bowl.
- Tightly pack apples with pear mixture. Place in baking dish and add water to fill pan ½-inch. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until apples are soft.
- Drizzle with caramel dip.