Pears are delicious fruits, when they are fresh and juicy. The problem is that most supermarkets buy them in before they are ripe, and so are often rock-hard and tasteless, then quickly go off, once you get them home. Try to find good pears at local farmers’ markets and farm shops, some community orchards may even let you sustainably pick them from local trees. Try these Stewed Pears (Crowded Kitchen) with maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. Use them on pancakes, waffles, or with vegan yoghurt or ice-cream.
Choose palm-oil-free vegan butter and make your own pastry. Keep these desserts away from pets, due to toxic ingredients like fruit pips & seeds, dried fruits, chocolate, nuts, nutmeg (and xylitol if used – just a few crumbs can be lethal). Keep fresh dough away from pets (can expand in the stomach).
Pears grow worldwide, and are one of our best native fruits. Fermented pears are of course made into cider (although Babycham is not vegan-friendly, just so you know). Ripen unripe pears next to bananas if you want to, and use them as natural laxatives! Before tobacco, people used to smoke pear leaves, and the wood is often used to make woodwind instruments.
Spicy Winter Pear Smoothie (Planted & Picked) is a seasonal drink with dates, almond milk, nut butter and oats. With added spices of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Pear Compote (Crowded Kitchen) is easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients. Top on oatmeal, yoghurt, pancakes or waffles.
Vanilla Bourbon Poached Pears (Short Girl, Tall Order) feature a mix of cinnamon, vanilla bean, fresh orange juice and smoky bourbon.
No-Fuss Pear Filo Tart (Rainbow Nourishments) is a super-easy dessert with layers of flaky pastry, pear jam and caramelized pears.
Pear Vanilla Gin Fizz (Short Girl, Tall Order) starts with a homemade pear and vanilla syrup, combined with gin and soda water, for a refreshing cocktail.
Ginger-Orange Vegan Cheesecake with Poached Pears (Rainbow Plant Life) is rich and creamy, tastes like traditional American cheesecake, with a rich dense filling and a spicy tart sweet combo of ginger and orange.