Monday, December 3, 2012

Roasted Seckel Pears with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream and Thyme

Have you encountered the Seckel pear yet this season? I couldn't resist buying a bag last week at the grocery store because they are just so darn cute.
That's a Bartlett standing by for size comparison. 

The kiddos were smitten and they've been slurping their "baby pears" for breakfast, snack, and in their lunchboxes all week. Seckel pears, however, are most definitely not just for kids.
Wouldn't these look snazzy with a cocktail dress and a glass of champagne?! Seriously, what a sexy, succulent two-bite treat for Christmas, New Year's Eve or any event that entails balancing a cocktail and eating with one hand.
Of course you can use a fork.
The soft pears are so lush and velvety and sweet enough to punch any dessert craving in the face, but totally sophisticated and not overly indulgent compared to the hunks of peppermint fudge and frosted sugar cookies that will be here soon enough.
Roasted Seckel Pears with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream and Thyme
adapted from

8 Seckel Pears (or 4 larger pears), halved and cored
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp unsalted butter, diced
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp water
5 sprigs fresh thyme

For the cream
1 cup heavey whipping cream
1 whole vanilla bean
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
1 tbsp powdered sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place cored pear halves cut side up in a baking dish. Drizzle lemon juice over the tops of the pears, dot with butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Pour about 3 tablespoons of water into the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange thyme sprigs around the pears. Bake Seckel pears for about 30-40 minutes, flipping the pear halves to skin-side up halfway through baking. Larger pears will take longer to cook - estimate an additional 20 minutes or so. They are done when a fork easily slides through the flesh in the thickest part of the pear. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
2. Meanwhile, pour cream into a medium mixing bowl. Slice a vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add the gooey vanilla seeds to the cream and stir, then throw in the bean pod too. Refrigerate the cream mixture and mixing bowl for an hour or more.
3. Remove the vanilla bean pod from the cream. Add the Mascarpone and beat on medium speed until well combined. Add the powdered sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form.
4. Top each pear with a dollop of the cream mixture. Sprinkle with chopped fresh or roasted thyme leaves (from the pear roasting pan).


  1. Wow this looks very fancy and sounds delicious! What a great idea for a "better for you" dessert with a serving of fruit ;).

    1. So elegant, not too terribly gluttonous, and rather easy too - you can't beat that in my book! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. this looks super yummy!!!