15 Perfect Pear Recipes to Serve from Breakfast to Dessert
Toward the end of summer and beginning of fall, you begin to see pears at the farmers' market and in the produce section. If you grew up eating juicy pears, you know and love this time of year. While we love to enjoy them alone, pears are an extremely versatile ingredient in the kitchen. You might assume that all of these pear recipes are desserts. With their natural sweetness (that's not too sweet), pears make an incredible choice for adding some freshness to a sugary dessert. Our Apple and Pear Crisp, Pear-Cranberry Pie with Ginger-Almond Streusel, and Spiced Pear Hand Pies are certainly proof of that. But these pear recipes show that you can enjoy pears at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, too. Spruce up your mornings with our Buttermilk Grits with Pear Granola or Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter. Pack the best brown-bag lunch ever with our flavorful Parsnip-and-Pear Soup. Add something homemade to your cheese board with a jar of Pear Preserves or serve our Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear to impress Mama during cocktail hour. With these genius pear recipes, you'll never overlook them at the market again.
Recipe: Pear Salad
This old-school recipe made an appearance at almost every holiday gathering and luncheon Grandma hosted.
Apple and Pear Crisp
Recipe: Apple and Pear Crisp
There's no dessert easier than a classic crisp, and this one comes together with the help of your slow cooker.
Spiced Pear Hand Pies
Recipe: Spiced Pear Hand Pies
These homemade hand pies are the sweetest grab-and-go treats for picnics and road trips.
Recipe: Pear Preserves
Putting up fresh produce to enjoy year-round is one of our favorite past times, and with just three ingredients, you don't have any excuse not to try this recipe.
Upside Down Pear-and-Gingerbread Cake
We gave the classic upside-down cake a festive spin that's perfect for the holidays.
Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail
Show off your bartending skills with this cocktail recipe that calls for two homemade simple syrups.
Pear-Cranberry Pie with Ginger-Almond Streusel
From the buttery vanilla bean pie crust to the crumby streusel on top, this seasonal pie recipe is an absolute treat.
Recipe: Parsnip-and-Pear Soup
This smooth and fresh soup is a flavorful way to start supper club or lunchtime.
Recipe: Chocolate-Pear Muffins
These sweet treats are the best surprise a neighbor could get.
Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter
This recipe makes 16 jars of beautiful fruit butter, so you can give it as gifts to friends and new neighbors alike.
Buttermilk Grits with Pear-Granola
This not-too-sweet breakfast has an amazing blend of texture and flavor that kids and adults will love.
Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear
This salty, sweet, and absolutely beautiful appetizer has just the right blend of flavors in each bite.
Recipe: Pear Pie
Like many Southern dessert recipes, this fruit pie benefits from the addition of a splash of bourbon.
Saucy Apples 'n' Pears
Recipe: Saucy Apples 'n' Pears
This slow-cooker dessert is the ideal partner for a bowl of vanilla ice cream or a slice of pound cake.