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12 Pear Desserts Ripe for Autumn

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I feel a bit bad for pears. Think about it—come September, apples start popping up by the bushel in farmers markets, and everyone promptly declares it "fall" and loses their minds. Apples shine in cider (both boozy and non). They're often spied snuggling up to pies and donuts and crumble and all those other fun, fall-y things we crave when the weather turns chillier.

So what about pears, their seasonal siblings? They have just as much to offer as apples. They're subtly sweet, come in many varietals, and have a giving texture (perfect for poaching and baking and roasting). We underutilized pears, and wrongfully so.

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Pears deserve their 15 minutes this fall. Here are 12 sweet recipes to place them squarely in the spotlight.

Poached Pear Clafoutis
Poached Pear Clafoutis
Tarte aux Poires et Chocolat
Tarte aux Poires et Chocolat
Gingered Cranberry-Pear Pie

Gingered Cranberry-Pear Pie by EmilyC

Pear-Cranberry Double Crusted Galette

Pear-Cranberry Double Crusted Galette by Erin McDowell

Caramelized Pear French Toast Bake
Caramelized Pear French Toast Bake
Pear and Almond Cake
Pear and Almond Cake
Pear Ginger Walnut Muffins
Pear Ginger Walnut Muffins
Lindsey Shere's Baked Caramel Pears

Lindsey Shere's Baked Caramel Pears by Genius Recipes

Apple Cider and Cardamom Roasted Pears

Apple Cider and Cardamom Roasted Pears by Yossy Arefi

Masala Spiced Pear Pie
Masala Spiced Pear Pie
Red-Wine Poached Pears
Red-Wine Poached Pears
Rosemary Pear Cake
Rosemary Pear Cake

What's your favorite way to enjoy ripe pears? With sharp blue cheese? In a compote? As-is? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: fall, baking, holiday, dessert, pears