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Baked Pears & Blackberries with Butterscotch Sauce

Image for Recipe - Baked Pears & Blackberries with Butterscotch Sauce
  • Time preparation 10 minutes
  • cook time 25 minutes
  • Serve Serves 8

This simple pud is pure autumn on a plate

Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners
  • 8 ripe pears, such as Conference
  • 50g Demerara sugar
  • 200ml white wine or apple juice
  • 300g blackberries
  • 30g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • For the butterscotch sauce:
  • 60g butter
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 6 tbsps golden syrup
  • 6 tbsps double cream

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC/Gas 4. Halve the pears and scoop out the cores using a teaspoon. Place, cut-side up, in a large roasting tin so that they all sit in a single layer.

Scatter over the demerara sugar and then pour the wine or apple juice into the bottom of the tin.

Roast for 25 minutes then, 10 minutes before the end of cooking, scatter over the blackberries and pecans and continue to bake until the pears are tender and the blackberries are softened, releasing their juices, and the pecans are golden.

To make the sauce, place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and gently heat for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir through the cream.

Place 2 pear halves on each serving plate and spoon over some blackberries, pecan nuts and juices from the roasting tin. Serve with the butterscotch sauce.

Ingredients

  • 8 ripe pears, such as Conference
  • 50g Demerara sugar
  • 200ml white wine or apple juice
  • 300g blackberries
  • 30g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • For the butterscotch sauce:
  • 60g butter
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 6 tbsps golden syrup
  • 6 tbsps double cream

Method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC/Gas 4. Halve the pears and scoop out the cores using a teaspoon. Place, cut-side up, in a large roasting tin so that they all sit in a single layer.

Scatter over the demerara sugar and then pour the wine or apple juice into the bottom of the tin.

Roast for 25 minutes then, 10 minutes before the end of cooking, scatter over the blackberries and pecans and continue to bake until the pears are tender and the blackberries are softened, releasing their juices, and the pecans are golden.

To make the sauce, place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and gently heat for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir through the cream.

Place 2 pear halves on each serving plate and spoon over some blackberries, pecan nuts and juices from the roasting tin. Serve with the butterscotch sauce.

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