Fall Fest: Baking Up Pear Desserts

By: Kirsten Vala

We're teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we'll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you're harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Pears are at their peak, sweet, juicy and great for baking into tempting fall desserts. Whether you're having a casual get-together, thinking ahead to Thanksgiving or craving an everyday indulgence, bake up one of these sweet pear treats for a taste of the season.

Rarely is such a beautiful dessert so amazingly simple: Just layer the fruit and batter in your slow cooker and then let it cook gently for about three hours.

The Barefoot Contessa takes on pears:

You can't go wrong with this easy, comforting dessert. Ina uses a mixture of apples and Bosc pears, and adds a little zip with orange and lemon zest.

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Ina prepares this classic French pastry with fresh pears. Pear brandy is her secret ingredient, to enhance the flavor of the pears. She also dusts the pan with sugar instead of flour. Watch more of her tips and tricks!

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Pear Clafouti 04:38

Pear clafouti served warm with cream makes an elegant but simple dessert.

See more irresistible pear recipes, savory and sweet, from Food Network chefs.

What's your favorite way to use pears? Shout it out in the comments, or share your favorite apple recipes on Twitter at #fallfood.

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