Monday, 27 May 2013

Easy Baked Ricotta Pears With Amaretti

The thought of biting into hot fruit kinda makes me squirm. Why would you want to replace a succulent and refreshing pear with a warm soggy one? 

Ever since my mum’s gallstones started causing grief, fatty desserts have been avoided like the plague, bar a couple of occasions…

But the idea of pairing soft cheese (see what I did there?) and cinnamon together as part of a fruity, marginally healthy after dinner treats sounds way less squirm inducing. 

If you’re still not sold consider this: the more cheese you add, the easier it becomes to eat a hot pear, seriously. The one I ate was practically a ricotta sandwich. 

There is something so seductive about sugary sweet cinnamon ricotta eaten entirely on its own, its a fave in the med. Find it wrapped in pastry parcels, fried, then tossed in more sugar & cinnamon in Northern Cyprus slash the confines of a terraced house in South East London and/or 1 in every 5 homes in North London. Again, not kidding. Turks eat this stuff all the time!

I knowww its nearly June and comfort food got left behind a good 4 months ago, but how can anyone pass up a cheesy pair!? 

Especially when you can rustle them up in 4 steps.

The Recipe:  Baked Ricotta Pears With Amaretti 

Adapted from BBC Good Food's Easy Baked Pears

5 ripe pears
150g ricotta
2 tbsp + 1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp clear honey
2 tbsp sugar
100g amaretti biscuits

The Method:

Heat the oven to 170C. Cut the pears in half and take out the core with a teaspoon.

Place the pears on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.

In the tub of ricotta, add sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon and mix together.

Put the biscuits in a sandwich bag and bash the life out of them, you want crumbs and rocks.

Take pears out of oven. Drizzle with 1 tbsp honey. Spoon a tsp of the ricotta mixture into the cores of each pear. Sprinkle a generous amount of amaretti over each pear.

Place back in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Drizzle with the rest of the honey. Serve warm.
Easy Baked Pears
Hope everyone had (in the words of old Oliver) a right cracking, pukka Bank Holiday weekend. My fave new Bank hols past time? Getting a £65 parking fine. Peak times.

Love Em xx


  1. Oh wow, this looks really lovely. I love hot fruit though! So I would like this! Actually prefer to regular fruit. OK, now that you think I'm a monster, I'll be on my way.

    1. hahahha, thank you sarah. i dont think you;re a moster! i am a new lover of warm fruits!

  2. These look dreamy, plus as one of your five a day its a no brainer... right?!

  3. What an interesting idea...I'd love to try one of these! The amaretti biscuits look like they'd add a nice bit of texture and flavour too! :-)

    1. laura this dessert would sunk without the biscuits!! you need them in your life!


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