As delicious as they are impressive, these Cinnamon Oat Hasselback Pears are sure to wow your crowd with their sweet and buttery flavor and crispy layers.
It never fails that when I read or develop recipes using the Hasselback method two things come to my head. First, the Justin Timberlake Song, Sexyback, and second, David Hasselhoff (although with him it pretty much stops there). So here’s a little exercise that you’ll thank me for later. Get the tune in your head now to Sexyback but insert the words, “I’m bringing hasselback.” Yep. It’s stuck. Okay, enough cheesiness but I kid you not, that tune will be in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome. “I’m bringing hasselback…”
As a dietitian, mom, blogger, recipe developer, nutrition communicator, etc., I wear quite a few hats. One is as a member of Stemilt Grower’s Kitchen Council where I’m challenged each month to create a new recipe or blog post featuring their amazing cherries, pears, and apples for their blog, The Stem. I’ve had fun testing 11 various methods to keep apples from browning and creating recipes like these Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Piñata Apples, Grilled Cherry Shortcake Kebobs or Cinnamon Apple Chips with Peanut Yogurt Butter Dip. However, one of my favorite recipes that I created for them to date is definitely my Hassleback Pear.
As I shared on the Stemilt blog, the “hasselback” technique is when you take a single ingredient like a pear, apple, potato, or sweet potato and make vertical slices at very thin intervals cutting to but not through the other side. As the hasselback bakes, the layers being to spread and resemble an accordion or an armadillo leaving the perfect amount of space to drizzle butter, cream, yogurt, or other toppings.
DYI the origin of the hasselback can be traced to a Swedish restaurant called Restaurant Hasselbacken that created this potato presentation style. Pretty cool! Certainly, if you google “hasselback” the majority of recipes you’ll see use potatoes but I think pears are equally fun.
For an festive presentation, dollop the pears with cinnamon-sweetened whipped cream, Greek yogurt, or vanilla ice cream.
Disclosure: While I’m a member of the Stemilt Kitchen Council, I wasn’t required or compensated to write this post or discuss their product. I just love this recipe and wanted to share!
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