In ancient China, people believed that pears represented immortality and prosperity because pear trees live for a long time. We couldn’t think of a better post to start off 2018 than a recipe symbolizing prosperity in the new year.
The cub started off by cutting up the pear. Her slices weren’t exactly perfect, but she was able to practice her cutting skills and she felt engaged in the process.
Next up is her favorite part, measuring and smelling the spices! This girl loves flavor on her food.
And we always stop to smell them.
And snack on our ingredients…
This particular day was special because we had G-ma in town for the holidays. The cub enjoyed showing G-ma how she brushed the maple syrup on each pear slice. Some may have had a bit too much maple syrup. 🙂
Quick break to taste the maple syrup. Finger-licking good.
That wasn’t enough so she decided to lick the brush. *No double dipping occurred in the process.
After the pears had been brushed with maple syrup, we sprinkled the spices over the pears. This is the cubs best “salt bae” impression. I’m pretty sure that this could also become an internet sensation for this “spice bae” signature move.
Dusting complete. Some more than others, but that’s ok. Embrace the imperfections of cooking with a little one.
Slow baked to perfection. Delicious, wholesome, flavorful and prosperous! The cub wishes you a happy new year filled with endless possibilities in the kitchen.
(recipe adapted from Vegetarian Heartland)
- 3 ripe, firm Bartlett pears, unpeeled and thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 3 different toppings can be used – see note
- 1/2 tsp. garam masala
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon with or without pinch of cayenne
- 1/2 tsp allspice and 1/4 tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 225ºF.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Thinly slice pears.
- Prepare the chosen dry spice ingredients.
Arrange pear slices in a single layer on the baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Brush with maple syrup on both sides and sprinkle with spice mixture.
Bake, flipping once halfway through the baking time until all moisture is removed and they are brittle and not spongy – about 3 hours.
- Remove from the oven and let cool. They should be the consistency of a chip when cooled.
- Store in resealable bag at room temperature for up to 3 months.
Note: We used the cinnamon without the cayenne for the cub but the other mixes are delicious for more adult/sophisticated taste or your adventuresome cub).