Pears with Cacao Ganache and Cinnamon

by Susan on October 7, 2011

Making an impressive dessert for company doesn’t have to difficult and it can be nutritious! This simple recipe calls for a thin coating of cacao ganache, topped with almonds and pecans that have wonderful fall spices mixed in. It comes together quickly, tastes marvelous and looks beautiful! One pear easily serves two people.

Pears with Cacao Ganach and Cinnamon

  • 3 ripe pears
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1. Wash and dry pears. Set aside.
2. In food processor, pulse almonds and pecans until coarsely chopped.
3. Add cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Pulse a few times to combine. Set aside.
4. Whisk together cacao powder, agave nectar and coconut oil to make ganache. Place in bowl.
5. Dip pears in ganache and let extra drip off.
6. Sprinkle with nut mixture. Place in refrigerator to set.
*Serves 6
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Scott October 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Just love this pear number…it looks speci too…Ive justed tweeted your page in the hope my newspaper picks up for tonights edition…love your work…kind regards Scott – Noosa, Australia

sara October 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

These pears look lovely! What a gorgeous photo…these would be so delicious. :)

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 8, 2011 at 1:54 am

Love it! I always think of candied apples this time of year, but pears never crossed my mind. :)

Razia October 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

Looks Good, probably this would be good with Strawberries as well, I sure wanna try them

Cora October 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Yummy….almost to beautiful to eat….pears are so good this time of year. company would be so impressed

MotorCityMoxie October 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm

This photo looks both beautiful and delicious. I’m going to try this as my after dinner dessert.

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan October 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Gorgeous as usual. <3

Kocinera October 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

These pears are so beautiful! With all the heavier desserts that appear in the fall and winter, something like this sounds so light and so yummy.

Anna October 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

So yummy sounding and looking, plus pretty much what I was in the mood for. And since I actually had all these ingredients, I just went into the kitchen to make this. But… a puzzler: the ganache is dripping right off the pear! How do I get it to stay on as well as hold the nuts to it?

For what it’s worth, I only use half of the coconut oil because I’m not crazy about the taste and the mixture was alreay plenty liquid enough. But now I’m wondering how more or less oil will affect the sticking-ness of the ganache. I imagine it’d be even drippier if I used more oil? Any thoughts?

Susan October 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

It sounds like you needed to wash your pears. Sometimes they come with a wax coating. Also, the coconut oil helps the chocolate to set up as it hardens when cool.

foodie @ Tasting Spot October 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

These pears are so beautiful… love the picture

Anna October 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Nevermind, disregard my comment above. You had the recipe right on! I (whoops) inversed the measurements for the oil & cocao. So I actually had the right amount of coconut oil calle for (boy am I so glad I didn’t put in 1/2 cup!) and when I added the 1/4 c more of the powder, the consistency was about just right. Had plenty of leftover, so I dipped some grapes as well. Can’t wait to snack on these soon!

You are so creative and I’ve always liked the recipes I try from your web site!

I am curious however: do you write down all your trial and error measurements before hitting the right combination to post online or are you just a genius who get it right on the first go???

Susan October 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

At this point, I can pretty much get it on the first go. I have been doing this for a quite a while and know the ingredients, how they interact with each other and the flavor profiles. :-)

gangy buffet October 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles October 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

This is so beautiful, Susan. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

MRG October 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Susan, your recipe is fabulous … thank you so much for sharing it.
m (Pete’s sister)

shanna October 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm

wow! looks delicious–what a great photo! And the universe is smiling on me as i have 3 red pears in my fruit bowl right now. :)

Winnie October 11, 2011 at 2:42 am

Wow – what a wonderful idea!
It looks beautiful and it’s definitely delicious
Thanks for sharing

Niksya October 11, 2011 at 5:38 am

Very beautiful presentation of dessert. It should be very tasty, thanks!

Libby October 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

This looks and sounds wonderful! I’m hoping to find a box of those pears.i usually go to the Minneapolis Farmers market- hope it’s open one more Saturday.Could you give me a substitute (and amount needed) for the agave syrup? I have concerns over some of the studies that say it is like High fructose corn syrup after processing.Thank you for the lovely recipes and website.

Susan October 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

You might want to do some more research on agave. If you get a good, raw agave, it is a good sweetener, especially since it doesn’t require much to sweeten. You can read here: http://www.rawmazing.com/agave-hero-or-villain/

Keane October 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Dang! I’ll take that over a candied apple any day!

Raw Chef Dosa October 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

Love the look of photo. I have made pears in slices such as these, but never left them whole. Personally, I like of look of what you have created better!

Thanks, Raw Chef Dosa

Alicia @beingLA November 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

These look absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to make them, thanks!

sara November 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

mmmmmmmm!!! YUM!!!!! i just made these and they are DELICIOUS :) the ganache came out nice and thick and the nuts and spices mixture is really tasty… now i’m looking around for any more fruit i can dip, bananas and strawberries would be divine :) fingers work well too :) thanks susan for another super simple and wonderfully tasty healthy treat!!! xoxo

Candy February 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Yum – here in New Zealand, Easter happens in the Fall – so this April these yummy pears will be on my Easter dessert table. Made me laugh when you state that one pear is good for 2 people – oh no, I’m having one all to myself!

Barbara Loyd December 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Red pears are in our market now in TX. I saw this gorgeous picture and clicked on the recipe. Serendipity happened because I had all the ingredients! I love it when that happens. Will surprise my husband with this dessert, he likes pears too.

Susan December 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Yay!

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