Simply Roasted Pears



    • 3 ripe Beurre Bosc pears or other russet-coloured pear varietal
    • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
    • a good drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
    • freshly ground white pepper
    • a few sprigs fresh thyme
    • 100ml white wine
    • a good squeeze of lemon juice


    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.  Line a large roasting tray with baking paper.
    2. Thickly slice the pears lengthwise. You should get 4 slices from each pear. Place in a single layer in the prepared tray.
    3. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, drizzle over the oil and grind over some pepper. Scatter pears with thyme.  Mix together the wine and lemon juice and drizzle over the pears.
    4. Place in the oven to roast for 30-40 minutes until just tender. I like to remove from the oven and baste pear slices in the roasting juices halfway through roasting. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
    5. Serve roasted pears on a cheeseboard. Use with blue cheese, a vintage cheddar or goat’s cheese, and Barker’s Feijoa and Pear Fruit for Cheese.
    6. Add to a salad using leafy greens, blue cheese, toasted sourdough bread, and nuts.
    7. Or simply eat on their own to finish your meal.
    8. A note on the wine – in the fridge was an opened bottle of Marlborough Pinot Gris so used this.