My sugar journey was been an interesting one. I won’t bore you with the details but, a few years ago I decided to give up refined sugar. It all started with watching That Sugar Film. Since then I’ve been searching for healthier desserts. Desserts which are nutritious, tasty and simultaneously satisfy that sugar craving.

We recently entertained one of our neighbours – who’s from Serbia. She’s not a fan of very sweet and sugary desserts and so my Dad decided to make something special. He was reminded of a truly delicious french recipe that only has three ingredients. Yes, three ingredients.

Baked fruit recipes have been around for ages. However, due to our increasing sweet tooth they seem to have been swept under the rug – along with the appreciation for bitter and peppery tastes. There’s a reason a baked apple pie can transport you through a tunnel of nostalgia back into your grandma’s kitchen. It’s a rare case that we even incorporate fresh fruits into our desserts anymore.

That’s why this recipe for cinnamony Baked Pears was such a delight for me to encounter. It remains the essence of tradition, health and flavour. It’s simplistic and yet always satisfying. It can also please the sweetest of sweet tooth’s.

The great thing is that you can even recycle those old wrinkled pears you’re not too keen on eating anymore and re-purpose them into a delicious dessert.


  • Any amount of fresh or older wrinkly pears
  • Cooking oil
  • Cinnamon


  1. Heat the oven to 180’C – I use the fan setting
  2. Wash and dry the pears
  3. Rub the pears in an even coating of the oil of your choice – I’ve only used sunflower oil
  4. Bake the pears for 20 min


  • Try out a mixture of spices like chai spices
  • I serve it with plain Greek yoghurt
  • They’re great for sweetening smoothies
  • Any roasted nut also makes for a great topping

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