This dessert is perfect for a cold winter's day and of course you could use honey instead of the golden syrup. It would also be delicious served with some custard.yum.


  • 50 g butter (plus extra for greasing)
  • 4 large ripe pears
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 25 g walnuts (finely chopped)
  • 4 tblsp golden syrup
  • lightly whipped double cream, to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 200C (400F/Gas 6) and butter a dish large enough to take the pears in a single layer.
  • Peel the pears and then cut each one in half and using a teaspoon scoop out the cores. Toss in the lemon juice to prevent them from going brown.
  • Place the butter in a bowl and beat in the walnuts then use the mixture to fill the cavities of the pear halves. Drizzle over the golden syrup and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pears are softened and the sauce at the bottom of the dish is bubbling.
  • Arrange the pear halves on plates and spoon over the sauce, then add a spoonful of the whipped double cream

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