Love pears? Here are the best pear desserts to make when they are ripe, juicy, and in season. From pies to crisps to cobblers, I have listed all the most delicious pear dessert recipes in one easy place. I chose these pear desserts for their pear flavor, reliable instructions, and irresistible appearance. Find your favorite, and let me know which one is your favorite!
- Best Pear Desserts
- 1. Almond Pear Cake
- 2. Poached Pears
- 3. Pear Galette
- 4. Pear Almond Tart
- 5. Pear Walnut Cake
- 6. Chocolate Hazelnut Pear Cake
- 7. Pear Yogurt Cake
- 8. Poached Pear Puff Pastry
- 9. Pear & Vanilla Upside-Down Cake
- 10. French Pear Tart
- 11. Pear Ginger Oatmeal Crumb Pie
- 12. Poached Pear Cardamom Cakes
- 13. Spiced Honey + Wine Poached Pear Pie
- 14. Pear Tarte Tatin
- 15. Double Chocolate Cake With Pears
- 16. Pear Cheesecake Bars with Oat Streusel
- 17. Pear Cream Cheese Danish
- 18. Pear Crisp with Ginger
- 19. Pear Pudding Cake
- 20. Chocolate Stuffed Poached Pear Tarts
- 21. Brown Butter Pear Bars
- 22. Salted Caramel Pear Cobbler
- 23. Pear Custard Pie
- 24. Chocolate Crémeux with Poached Pears and Pecans
- 25. Honey Roasted Pears
- 26. Cinnamon Cheesecake with Spiced Pear Topping
- 27. Pear Panna Cotta Cake
- 28. Pear and Manuka Honey Tart
- 29. Pear Mousse Cheesecake Bars
- 30. Red Wine Poached Pears
- 31. Pear and Prosecco Sorbet
- Pear Desserts FAQs
- Related Pear Desserts
- Top 31 Best Pear Desserts
Best Pear Desserts
Almonds, pears, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, and orange zest come together in this super moist and super delicious cake packed with flavor! It's the ultimate in elegant fall cakes, and simply put, you have to try it.
The way the cross-section of the pear shows in each slice will delight guests, and it works just as well as a dessert or as a cake to enjoy with coffee in the afternoon.
Poached pears can be enjoyed on their own as a delightful and elegant fruit dessert for the fall season, or they taste amazing with ice cream or cream. A pinch of cinnamon can be dusted over the top for a bit of a festive feel, and what's more, they are so easy to make!
3. Pear Galette
If you've never made a galette before, consider this a sign. They are just so easy and so versatile. It has all the texture and flavor of a pie but is much simpler and perfect for beginner bakers or anyone short on time. The rich and buttery rustic crust and perfectly spiced tender poached pears melt in the mouth, and I love to add a few crunchy walnuts on top.
Pear and almond is one of those flavor combinations that dreams are made of. Poetry is written about it; songs are composed; it is just truly delightful. Poached pears lie in a bed of almond cream (frangipane) surrounded by toasted almonds within a crispy and butter tart case. It looks beautiful and tastes even better.
5. Pear Walnut Cake
If you're looking for tried and tested, foolproof pear recipes, this is one for you. Made with yogurt and olive oil, the sponge is super moist, the pears are super juicy, and the walnuts give just the right amount of crunch. In conclusion, it's a must-try.
Chocolate lovers will adore this pear dessert recipe. It has this amazingly fudgy and brownie-like texture to it, and the rich chocolate and pears work so well together and balance each other perfectly. Add in some hazelnut goodness, and you have yourself a true showstopper dessert that everyone will love.
I love baking with yogurt, it gives all the creamy texture of cream but a slightly lighter feel, and the added acidity really helps in baking, too. This pear cake with yogurt is a moist and delicious fall dessert, and adding a light dusting of cinnamon sugar before serving is the (metaphorical) cherry on top.
Puff pastry is the most decadent of pastries, in my opinion. Flaky, buttery layers puff up in the oven and form a light and delicate crunch around a deliciously soft and juicy poached pear; it's simply divine! You can use store-bought puff pastry, make a rough puff, or challenge yourself and make a classic puff pastry from scratch. And try some of these other puff pastry desserts too!
Imagine caramelized pears oozing down into this cake from the bottom up; that's the beauty of an upside-down cake. First, you make the topping, but in the base of the cake pan. Pour the cake batter on top and bake to perfection before flipping! The result is a decadently moist pear dessert that is a stunner to look at, too. Try this pecan upside down cake too!
10. French Pear Tart
A classic French pear tart is a twist on the traditional apple tart but uses juicy pears instead. This tasty version has the addition of fig preserves to add some extra natural sweetness to the pear puree filling, and then the rose-shaped topping is simply the presentation of dreams. French desserts are always a good idea!
The warm and subtly spiced oatmeal topping on this crumble pie is simply divine. It works so well in fall or winter weather when there is a chill in the air, and you're craving comfort food. Candied ginger is less overpowering, so it blends better with the pear flavor, and the crust is a perfect mix of flaky, buttery and rich.
When you need an elegant individual pear dessert for a dinner party, serve this. The maple cream is so delicious draped over the top of the wine-poached pear as it sits atop a dainty little cake. Add a dusting of cinnamon, and you could believe it's been served to you in a fancy restaurant.
How pretty are these two-toned pears? The pears are poached in two different wines to give it that eye-catching effect. An extra bit of pie dough means you can use fall cookie cutters to create decorations for your pie topping too, and make it even more of a showstopper. What's more, you can make this pear dessert a day ahead and refrigerate it until needed.
14. Pear Tarte Tatin
The Tatin sisters created Tarte Tatin at their French restaurant in the 1880s, and the rest, as they say, is history. Whilst their original version used apples, Tarte Tatin is now recreated around the world and is certainly one of the most famous desserts around. Sticky caramelized pears are used in this version, topped with puff pastry, and baked before being flipped over.
If you have never tried it, you simply must.
The intense chocolate flavor in this cake is insane. And it surely needs to be tasted to be believed! It also looks incredibly impressive but is so simple to make even a child can do it. When it comes to easy pear desserts, this certainly needs to be at the top of the list.
You may not be able to share these pear cheesecake bars. Whilst there may be a few steps involved, the end results are totally worth it! There's a delicious oat streusel crust, a thick cheesecake layer, and then it is all topped with diced pears and more of the delicious oatmeal streusel. I would definitely recommend making a double batch.
Surely, you'll be asked to bake this pear dessert again and again. It has a marzipan-sweetened cream cheese filling and juicy sliced pears, and furthermore, it is drizzled with cinnamon honey. You could even add a few cranberries (dried or fresh) to the top of this recipe in the fall to make it pretty and perfect for the holidays!
Warm, sweet pears come together with brown sugary goodness and gently spiced ginger and trust me, it is super hard to resist! Especially when served warm and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A crisp dessert in the fall is such a cozy comfort and will always go down well with a crowd of family and friends.
19. Pear Pudding Cake
Don't you just love a one-bowl recipe? There is no mixer required for this pudding cake that is all kinds of moist and delicious. It has all the best bits of pudding and all the best bits of cake in one dainty pot, and together with juicy pears, it's one heck of a combination.
What's more, it can be served warm or cold. So if you're baking for an event, you can make it the day before and either enjoy it as it is or warm it up again in the oven.
Just when you thought pear desserts couldn't get any more decadent, you find chocolate-stuffed pears. Spiked with a touch of spice and stuffed with a luscious, gooey filling before being baked atop a vol-au-vent style puff pastry case with a frangipane filling...they are then covered in a sweet red wine sauce! Surely it doesn't get better than this.
It's almost magical the way creamy pears almost melt into the spiced brown butter filling in these pie bars. Pears plus brown butter? It's certainly a combination made in Heaven.
Pear bars are also a really transportable pear dessert for a party or potluck. The yield on this recipe is nice and high, too, so everyone gets at least one.
Need an easy yet impressive-looking pear dessert for a special occasion? Try this. Fresh spiced pears, homemade salted caramel sauce, and flaky, buttery biscuits/scones. The sauce and the pears taste insane together, and it is simply perfect when served with a scoop of ice cream.
23. Pear Custard Pie
An easy crustless pie is one of those pear desserts you'll make again and again. Fresh pears are baked in a rich and creamy custard, and the result is a simple yet elegant dessert. What's more, the custard takes just 5 minutes to bring together, and the whole dessert can be on the table in under 40 minutes.
This crustless pie might just be one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy pears this fall!
Looking for a creamy, dreamy chocolate dessert with pears? Try this delicious offering. A chocolate crémeux is similar to a chocolate pastry cream, and its rich, smooth texture is an elevated dinner dessert option, especially when served with pears and crumbled pecans.
25. Honey Roasted Pears
Pears become even sweeter when they're roasted; it concentrates the flavors and really doubles down on the caramelized goodness. Furthermore, it's so easy. Simply serve with creme fraiche, whipped cream, or ice cream for the perfect treat!
Pears and cinnamon are another one of those pear dessert flavors that just keep on giving. This is a New York type of cheesecake, and the warm and subtle spice mixed with tangy cheesecake juicy pears? Be still my heart! Drizzled in spiced toffee sauce, it is surely one of the best pear desserts you can make.
Just how stunning is this panna cotta cake? It will be the center of attention at any dessert buffet table or special occasion. It might take a bit of time, but it is well worth the effort and is actually easier to make than it looks.
Swedish cream is mixed with a poached pear puree, and the poaching liquid is also set into jelly to form a beautiful top layer. The whole dessert is set on a base of delicate almond jaconde sponge cake and garnished with thinly sliced pears dried in the oven. In conclusion, it's a true showstopper.
Here's a dainty little showstopper that looks worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant! A delicate sweet pastry shell is filled with honey creme aux and topped with poached pear spheres, pear sorbet, and a sculptural honeycomb tuile. Sorrel leaves add a vibrant splash of green and an earthy herb taste to this refined and simply irresistibly gorgeous pear dessert.
Light and airy pear mousse and tangy cheesecake on graham crackers? Sign me up. It's a wonderful way to enjoy fall flavors in a lighter way. Bosc pears are the hero ingredient and work so well as an elegant garnish topping as well.
The deep red color of these red wine pears certainly has to be seen to be believed. Their rich taste and intense, vibrant appearance make them the perfect dinner party dessert in the fall or winter, served with whipped mascarpone cream and toasted almonds.
Poached pears are one of those easy pear recipes that are always handy to have up your sleeve. They can be served on their own or with other desserts, and everyone always loves them!
Need a refreshing dessert to follow a heavy meal? A pear sorbet is a unique alternative to pies and cobblers during the fall and winter months. But when you want something a bit lighter to round off a meal, or even if you get some uncharacteristically warm weather, it's the perfect treat! Prosecco adds a touch of grown-up sparkle that will always go down well at dinner parties.
Pear Desserts FAQs
Bosc and Anjou pears are the best varieties for baking recipes. Baked pears of these varieties are sweet and tasty and won't go mushy when cooked.
It depends on variety, but in general, pears are usually found sweeter than apples.
Slightly under-ripe pears are better for baking as they hold together better and are less likely to disintegrate or go mushy.
Pear tarte tatin, pear cobbler, poached pears, and spiced pear upside down cake are some of the best pear desserts to make that everyone will love.
Related Pear Desserts
Top 31 Best Pear Desserts
Top 31 Best Pear Desserts
- Almond Pear Cake
- Poached Pears
- Pear Galette
- Pear Almond Tart
- Pear Walnut Cake
- Chocolate Hazelnut Pear Cake
- Pear Yogurt Cake
- Poached Pear Puff Pastry
- Pear & Vanilla Upside-Down Cake
- French Pear Tart
- Pear Ginger Oatmeal Crumb Pie
- Poached Pear Cardamom Cakes
- Spiced Honey + Wine Poached Pear Pie
- Pear Tarte Tatin
- Double Chocolate Cake With Pears
- Pear Cheesecake Bars with Oat Streusel
- Pear Cream Cheese Danish
- Pear Crisp with Ginger
- Pear Pudding Cake
- Chocolate Stuffed Poached Pear Tarts
- Brown Butter Pear Bars
- Salted Caramel Pear Cobbler
- Pear Custard Pie
- Chocolate Crémeux with Poached Pears and Pecans
- Honey Roasted Pears
- Cinnamon Cheesecake with Spiced Pear Topping
- Pear Panna Cotta Cake
- Pear and Manuka Honey Tart
- Pear Mousse Cheesecake Bars
- Red Wine Poached Pears
- Pear and Prosecco Sorbet
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