The autumn issue of the Donna Hay magazine had some wonderful pear recipes in it and since we are in the same season as the Australians it made sense to try her recipe for Verjuice, Thyme and Cinnamon Roasted pears. From which I deviated quite a bit and ended with this recipe for Pears Roasted in Cider. (And from the images you can see I added some apples as well.)

Pears Roasted in Cider

Pears Roasted in Cider

I did not have any verjuice and never have for that matter so the idea came to me that roasting apples and pears in cider could work really well. I popped into Roeland Liquors as they have an extensive selection of local craft beers and ciders. There are a quite number of local craft ciders available now which I think is great news. The craft ciders made by local producers are crisp and dry, far removed from the overly sweet stuff that has always been available. I don’t think it really matters whether you use apple or pear cider as long as it is a dry cider.

Pears Roasted in Cider

I added bay leaves to the mix for an added layer of flavour. None of the herbs or spices overwhelm and with the added butter the roasting liquid becomes a delicious toffee sauce. The dessert is tangy, sweet and buttery with melt in the mouth fruit. Oh, and the house smells amazing while the fruit is roasting. Serve hot or cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Pears Roasted in Cider

Pears Roasted in Cider

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Pears Roasted in Cider


  • 8 pears, halved
  • 340ml pear cider (room temperature)
  • 200g demerera sugar
  • 50g butter, chopped
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped .
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
  2. Place all the ingredients in a roasting tray and toss to coat
  3. Cover with foil and roast for 25 minutes
  4. Remove the foil and roast for another 50 - 60 minutes until caramelised and golden
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream
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Here are a few more of my favourite desserts for winters :

Caramel Poached Clementines

Caramel Poached Clementines

Boozy Chocolate Coffee Puddings

Boozy Chocolate Coffee Pudding

Rooibos Roasted Pears

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