Cinnamon Baked Pears with Elderberry Whipped Cream and Manuka Honey
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For centuries, elderberry has been used in traditional medicine to treat colds, flu, fever, etc. Grown on the elder tree or sambucus, this special little berry has recently made a serious comeback for its medicinal properties. With a nutrient-dense juice high in antioxidants that has been linked in studies to health benefits such as improving immunity and helping shorten the duration of the flu and colds, it really isn’t. amazing that the demand for elderberry is increasing like crazy. And while elderberry is beneficial for our immune health, it’s also quite delicious!
With a tangy, sweet with a honey berry flavor and its unmistakable deep purple color, elderberry pairs beautifully with the flavor of pears in this healthy dessert recipe of cinnamon baked pears with whipped cream with elderberries and manuka honey.
Pears, a juicy and delicious low-glycemic fruit high in fiber and antioxidants, are dusted with anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-balancing cinnamon, then stuffed with a heart-warming nut and oat crumble before baking . Just before serving, we sprinkle the cooked pears with a touch of Manuka honey (for extra antimicrobial fighting power) and elderberry whipped cream to finish.
Delicious and elegant, this dessert is exactly what you need when you want to satisfy your sweet tooth with herbal benefits. YesYou will be surprised at how easy it is to prepare. One bite and there is no doubt that these grilled pears will become a staple of your healthy dessert menu!
What kind of pears should you use
When buying pears, choose those that are just ripe and still firm to the touch. We recommend D’Anjou, Bosc or Bartlett pears, but the ones you have on hand will do. These pears are best prepared and cooked just before serving. Just be aware that if you use green or yellow pears, the skin of the pears will darken and turn brown during cooking. Peeling pears before cooking is always an option.
How to prepare pears
To start the preparation, start by slicing the pears in half lengthwise. Then use a spoon or melon spoon to scoop out the middle of the pear to remove the seeds. This will create some good for the nut and oat crumble. Place pear halves on a baking sheet, sliced side up. If they are not flat, cut off the rounded part of the pear a little to create a flat platform for the pear to sit on. Brush each of the pear tops with a little melted butter (or coconut oil for a dairy-free version) and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Make the pear filling
The oat nut crumble in this recipe adds a nice crunchy texture that is mildly sweet. Simply combine the oatmeal, brown sugar, melted butter and a pinch of salt. Stir and fill the pears with about 2 tablespoons of the oat and nut crumble. Bake in a 400 ℉ (200 ℃) oven. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the pears are tender with a fork and the crumble is golden brown.
Making the crumble for this recipe is absolutely delicious, but completely optional. If omitted, it is not necessary to remove the pears. Simply remove any visible seeds from the pears, brush with butter or coconut oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and continue the recipe as directed.
How to make elderberry whipped cream
This recipe works with both dairy and non-dairy whipped cream. Simply place the well cooled heavy cream with a little honey or powdered sugar in a chilled bowl of your electric mixer and beat until thick, rich and creamy. You can also use electric beaters or elbow grease with a whisk instead. Just make sure the cream, bowl, and beaters are cool.
Non-dairy tip: If you’re looking for dairy-free whipped cream, make your own by replacing the heavy cream in this recipe with whole-grain canned coconut milk that has been chilled in the refrigerator overnight.
For an elderberry infusion with our whipped cream, we add 2-3 spoons of Flora Health Sambu®Guard elderberry crystals to each cup of whipped cream and mix well. The color of your elderberry whipped cream will become more intense as it rests. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
How to serve pears
To serve your dessert, place one or two halves of baked pears on a dish then sprinkle the pears with a little honey. We like Flora Mānuka Honey, which is sustainably sourced in New Zealand, 100% traceable and known for its potent antimicrobial action.
If your Mānuka honey is too thick to water, just dilute one or two tablespoons in a small dish with a little lukewarm water until it has the right consistency. If you do not have Manuka honey use whatever honey you have on hand.
To finish your pears, place a spoonful of elderberry whipped cream on each pear just before serving.
GET THE RECIPE!
Cinnamon baked pears with elderberry whipped cream and Mānuka honey
A delicious and elegant herbal dessert infused with the health benefits of antioxidant-rich and organic elderberries and pears, this healthy dessert recipe will surprise you with its ease of preparation. The delicious Mānuka honey adds an antimicrobial action while providing a touch of sweetness.
Portions: 4 Whole pears or 8 halves
- Ingredients for pears
- 4 –
old fashioned oatmeal
melted butter or coconut oil
preferably Flora Mānuka honey, for watering
- Ingredients for whipped cream with elderberries
heavy cream or whole coconut milk
honey or powdered sugar
or more to taste
Scoops Flora Sambu®Guard elderberry crystals
1 – Preheat the oven to 400 ° F.
2- In a small bowl, combine the oats, nuts, salt and brown sugar. Put aside.
3 – Cut the pears in half and using a small spoon (a teaspoon works), dig a well in the center of each pair. Place on a baking sheet. Line with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
4 – Brush the inside of the pears with a little melted butter (or coconut oil) then sprinkle with cinnamon.
5 – Add the rest of the melted butter to the oat-nut mixture and mix. Divide among the pear halves.
6 – Bake until the pears are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.
7- While the pears are cooking, prepare the elderberry whipped cream. Using a mixer or electric mixer, place all the ingredients for the whipped cream in a cooled bowl and beat until thick and creamy (about 2-3 minutes). Add elderberry crystals 1 teaspoon at a time until desired flavor and color is achieved. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
8 – To serve: Place a half of a baked pear on a plate. Drizzle with Mānuka honey and garnish with a dollop of elderberry whipped cream and serve hot.
Note: If you are using Mānuka honey, it may be too thick to water. It is enough to dilute it with a few teaspoons of lukewarm water until the desired thickness is reached.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the health benefits of elderberries and more ideas on how to use elderberry crystals in your cooking! ↓ ↓ ↓What are the benefits of elderberry crystals?
Rich in anti-radical antioxidants, elderberries are packed with nutrients with anti-inflammatory and immune benefits! Elderberries are particularly rich in vitamin C (they provide 87% of the RDI) as well as in large amounts of vitamin A, potassium, iron, vitamin B6, fiber and beta-carotene. The dark blue-purple pigments in the skin of elderberries, called anthocyanins, have also been linked to health benefits. A type of flavonoid, anthocyanins act as antioxidants in the body and have been shown in studies to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory effects.
In a Norwegian study, patients with flu-like symptoms less than 48 hours who received elderberry syrup reported that their symptoms improved four days before those who received the placebo. (1In a recent review of 33 immune supplements, the authors considered elderberry, which has been shown to have a positive effect on upper respiratory health, as one of the best proven remedies they have studied. (2)
Our favorite way to retain the goodness of elderberry all year round is with Flora Health Sambu®Guard elderberry crystals. Whether you are looking to support your immune system or just infuse elderberry flavor into some of your favorite drinks and recipes, this is the way to go. Sambu®Guard elderberry crystals are made from ripe, freshly picked elderberries that are juiced and then vacuum dehydrated to preserve their healthy nutrients and powerful antioxidants.
Other ways to use Flora Sambu®Guard elderberry crystals
Elderberry crystals can easily be sprinkled or mixed into water, smoothies, herbal teas and iced teas, or any of your favorite recipes for a burst of delicious elderberry flavor. They are absolutely delicious added to lemon or lime and can even be used in breakfast bowls, yogurt, salad dressings and more. Sambu®Guard elderberry crystals are also a healthy, natural way to add a deep fuchsia color to foods, like our whipped cream, without the use of artificial food coloring.
Discover Flora’s Elderberry + with Echinacea Too!
Flora also offers Elderberry + liquid which combines elderberry with immune herbs, echinacea and licorice. Take a tablespoon alone or add it to water, smoothies, or drinks. It’s great to use in recipes too.
Both formulas are vegan and all natural with no added sugar. They can be taken daily to maintain a healthy immune system or at the onset of symptoms for an immune boost.
Want the tasty health benefits of elderberry and Mānuka honey?
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