Easy baked pears with amaretti

Easy baked pears with amaretti

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

A warming autumnal pud that’s low fat, speedy and satisfying

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal198
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars32g
  • fibre4g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.23g
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  • 4 ripe pears



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 100g ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • ½ tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 4 tbsp clear honey, plus extra to serve
  • 8 crisp amaretti biscuits


  1. Cut each pear in half, then place on a large baking tray. Use a teaspoon to scoop out the cores and make a dip in the centre of each pear. If your pears are firm, you may need to use a sharp knife to do this. Dollop about 1 heaped tsp ricotta into each dip, then sprinkle over the cinnamon and drizzle with a little honey.

  2. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5, then roast the pears for 10 mins. Tip the biscuits into a food bag and use a rolling pin to lightly crush them. Remove the pears from the oven, then scatter the crumbs over each pear. Return to the oven for another 10 mins or until the pears are soft and the biscuit golden brown. Serve drizzled with honey.

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dijoxc's picture
18th Apr, 2014
Delicious! I added a smidgen of apple juice to the base, which kept the pears very moist and turned into a gorgeous 'syrup' to serve with my pears. Served with creme fraiche. My guests all requested the recipe, so must have been good. Will definitely use regularly in my repertoire.
27th Nov, 2013
Delicious, quick and easy pudding.
11th Feb, 2013
Really like this. I've also tried it using ginger biscuits and it is lovely. Fantastic for when you fancy something sweet that isn't stuffed with calories. Quick to make too.
4th Nov, 2012
This was not as nice as I thought it would be and thought it was a bit too dry with the ricotta cheese filling. The flavour combination of the Amaretti, cinamon and honey on the other hand was lovely. I will try this again with very ripe pears to see if this makes a difference. The ones I got were a bit firm and even if baked for longer until soft the whole pudding was too dry.
29th Oct, 2011
Great! I used apples because there are so many free ones at this time of year, and ditched the cinnamon. We loved it
20th Mar, 2011
Made this last night, but wasn't all that keen. I had bought 'ripe and ready to eat' pears but they were still VERY firm and took ages to cook. I wasn't convinced about the pears/ricotta/cinnamon combination, although I had previously thought it would work well and the recipe had received rave reviews from so many others. Maybe it was just the pears I used. However, I don't think I'll be making this again.
18th Mar, 2011
Delicious, quick and easy!
21st Dec, 2010
Easy preparation with a very satisfying result. Also good if you are serving desert to many people.
2nd May, 2010
We had this after a cheesy garlic roast chicken - both recipes were easy and delicious, and we'll definately have them again.
25th Oct, 2009
A really yummy, low calorie desert which is so quick and easy to make. I substituted the amaretti biscuits for maple and pecan cookies which really complimented the cinnamon. Next time I make them, I might peel the pears first as the skins were a little tough, but I'm worried the pears might disintegrate on cooking if I do this! Try to choose small pears. Mine were quite large and two halves were a bit too much but one half would not have been enough. Fantastic with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


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