Baked Pears

These easy baked pears are soft with just a little bite and are perfect with the delicious buttery spiced syrup spooned over the top.

baked pears
Photo: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Kady Wohlfarth
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 Anjou pears, peeled, halved and cored

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup apple cider

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange pears, cut-sides up, in a 7-by-11-inch baking dish; set aside. Combine brown sugar and cider in a small saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in butter, cinnamon, cardamom and salt; stir until the butter melts and the mixture is fully combined, about 3 minutes.

  2. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the pears. Bake until the pears are crisp-tender, basting occasionally with the pan juices, 25 to 30 minutes. Place 2 pear halves on each plate and spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup over each. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
9g Fat
55g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 pear halves & about 1 1/2 Tbsp. syrup
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 43g
Added Sugars 27g 54%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Vitamin A 308IU 6%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 13mcg 3%
Vitamin K 10mcg 8%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 251mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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