For the holidays, these Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta. A simple recipe paired with a honey ricotta mixture, sliced almonds, or vanilla ice cream.

Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta

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Friends, today I’m sharing a very simple dessert that is great for the holidays, a Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta recipe. Simple and not-too-sweet!

Don’t they look amazing?

Ingredients for Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta

  • Bosc pears
  • Butter and maple syrup
  • Kosher salt and brown sugar

And a few thoughts on our new fixer upper!

Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta

You may have already tried my Holiday Poached Pears (a classic, and you can watch the video), that our friend Stan has made us for years. Every year, at Christmastime. Or this Pear Puff Pastry Dessert. Both two of my favorites! Or, if you love custard, this Pear Custard Pie is amazing!

This is the time of year to be overwhelmed by so much to do, or to stop, enjoy the season and the people around us, and make a dinner invite! What to serve for dessert? These Maple Baked Pears!

Maple Baked Pears

Look at how beautiful pears are baked!

Maple Baked Bosc Pears with Honey Ricotta


Maple Baked Bosc Pears

What to pair with baked pears

  • Sliced almonds
  • Ricotta mixture with honey, lemon zest, and vanilla
  • Vanilla ice-cream (option for if you don’t want ricotta)

Our new fixer upper!

My daughter and I were just saying that even though we are working on our new fixer upper, we are not going to let it stop us from quick, easy meals with friends in the evenings.

No, we don’t entertain every day of the week, but we do try to at least weekly.

Fixer Upper - Reluctant Entertainer

Expectations this time of year

It’s important to stop, and give thanks, and see the goodness in our lives. Yes, we’re up to our eyeballs in hard work right now, but we can still order pizza, or make our favorite taco bowls, or put a pan of chicken in the oven!

My expectations for hosting this month? Go with the flow.

I will not be planning any big dinner parties, but we will be gathering with friends—in our home and probably in theirs.

Why did we sell?

We’ve been asked, why did we sell our lovely mountain home and buy a new fixer upper?

We knew we had at least one more fixer upper in us. My husband and I enjoy taking a home that needs love, and bringing it to life!

If you followed along with our mountain home, you saw that we have very tight parameters in what we will put money into. In other words, the house has to have “good bones.”

Usually I say, we don’t remove walls. But in both houses, we did remove one wall each. The secret is, they were not weight-bearing walls. [Above … this wall just came down!]

We do most of the work ourselves. We’ve been lucky to have a son & daughter available to help us on this new house. And, don’t you love this cozy gas stove? More on this later …

After removing all of the carpet and flooring in the house, new floors and paint are next on our ‘to do” list.

The kitchen will come last. We are keeping the appliances, but we are doing a bit of updating, like open shelves, new countertops, cabinet doors, etc.

The last piece to selling in a high market and buying (we searched for months for a good deal), is that interest rates may never be this low again.

Truly it’s a unique time, a seller’s market and a buyer’s market. We wanted to take advantage of this.

Love and the table

Lastly, our homes are always built on the love we have for each other, all that God has given to us (never-ending gratitude), and the strength of our relationships with our friends and our families.

Our home is a place where we use that foundation of love, and we think, how can we share this with others?

Easy Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta

There is life-giving magic that happens in a home, and for us, sharing food and our table are big parts of that.

People feel known and loved and like they’re a part of something!

And we love being a part of it all too.

Best Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta

How to serve Maple Baked Pears

When pears are golden and caramelized, remove from oven and serve immediately, with toasted almonds and a dollop of ricotta or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream!


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Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 8 Bosc pears, peeled, halved, and cored
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 ⁄3 cup maple syrup
  • Brown sugar to sprinkle


  • Toasted sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup ricotta
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, or paste, from Trader Joe's
  • Vanilla ice-cream, option for if you don’t want ricotta


  • Heat the oven to 400°.
  • Melt butter and maple syrup together in the microwave for 20-25 seconds. Whisk together until creamy.
  • On a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet, arrange the pears cut-side-down in a single layer. Pour the butter and maple mixture over the top and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt on each pear.
  • Bake the pears, turning them every 20 minutes (3 times total) to coat in the maple butter, until they are tender and caramelized. You will end with the cut side down.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar on the pears before returning them to the oven for the final 20-25 minutes. This will allow the pears to have extra caramelization.
  • When pears are golden and caramelized, remove form oven and serve immediately with toasted almonds and a dollop of ricotta or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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Maple Baked Pears with Honey Ricotta Recipe