Juicy, sweet autumn pears truly are nature’s candy. We’re showing you how to love this seasonal fruit two ways this fall. Sautéeing the pears in butter and spices will fill your home with the smell of the holidays. For a quick dessert or snack, this is the perfect way to make those pears feel like a special treat! If you have a little extra time and want to really take those pears up 10 notches, try our cheddar cheese and pear stuffed turnover version. You’ll be wiping flaky delicious puff pastry from the corner of your mouth with joy.
Kid Friendly Kitchen Tasks for this Recipe
- Have a pear tasting with your child. Buy 3 different pears and as you slice them, have your child taste them with you. Decide which is sweeter, which is softer, and which is your favorite!
- Have your child help you measure out the spices and smell each one before you put it into the pan. Ask them if they notice any difference in the smell after the spice is heated in the butter.
- Let your child help you make the turnovers. This is a great activity for little hands. Have them stuff them, seal them, and brush the melted butter on top.
- 3 pears (Anjou or a Fall variety you love)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- Small pinch of salt
- ½ lemon cut into wedges
- Sautéed pears ingredients (as listed above)
- 1 package of puff pastry (found in the freezer section near pie crusts; defrost in refrigerator overnight)
- 1 tablespoon butter melted and cooled slightly
- 8 pieces of cheddar cheese (or as many slices as the number of turnovers you’re making)
- Cutting around the core of the pear, which has seeds, cut pear into 4 pieces. Then slice these into medium sized long pieces.
- Melt butter and spices in a pan.
- Add pears and toss in butter and spices. Cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes continuously stirring, until pears have cooked through and softened.
- Serve the pears with a pinch of salt and a squirt of lemon juice.
- Turn oven on to 400F.
- Set up a work area where you have some melted butter, sliced cheddar cheese, and pears within close reach. Once we start working with the puff pastry, it’s good to move quickly before it gets too warm and sticky to work with.
- Remove defrosted puff pastry dough from the refrigerator.
- On a clean surface, take the two sheets of puff pastry and cut them each into 4 even squares. Place the squares on your parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Working with each square of puff pastry, lift up one corner as if you are forming a triangle. Place a spoonful of pears close to the seam and top with cheddar cheese.
- Fold square over into a triangle shape, over the pears and seal with your fingers. We also like to use the fork prongs to make a design by pressing down on the pressed edges.
- Brush a little butter on top and around the edges with a pastry brush or your fingers.
- Cook turnovers in the oven at 400F for 15-20 minutes, or until they start to brown on top.
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