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Baklava pears with saffron custard

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  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Peanut free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Vegetarian
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in protein
  • 1 serve veg or fruit

For a delicious twist on classic poached pears, fill fruit with crunchy baklava crumble and bake in saffron custard. An easy and impressive winter dessert.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time55 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + cooling time
Baklava Pears with Saffron Custard in baking tray


  • 6 (about 600g) small firm pears (such as Corella or Beurre Bosc), halved lengthways
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or quills
  • 600ml vanilla custard
  • Small pinch of saffron threads

Baklava crumble

  • 1/2 cup (70g) pistachios, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (20g) shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup (25g) walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbs sunflower seeds, chopped
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) honey
  • 40g butter, melted

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 2933kJ/702 Cals (34%), Protein: 12g (24%), Fat: 32g (46%), Sat fat: 13g (54%), Carb: 87g (28%), Sugar: 81g (90%), Fibre: 7g (23%), Sodium: 175mg (9%).

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  1. Step 1

    Use a melon baller or teaspoon to remove the core from each pear half and discard.
  2. Step 2

    Place the sugar, cinnamon and 2 cups (500ml) water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Add the pear and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10-12 mins or until pear is just tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pear to a plate. Discard syrup.
  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 180°C. To make the baklava crumble, combine the pistachio, coconut, walnut, sunflower seed, sesame seeds and orange rind in a medium bowl. Add the honey and butter and stir to combine.
  4. Step 4

    Pour the custard into an 8-cup (2L) ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with the saffron.
  5. Step 5

    Arrange the pear halves, cut-side up, over the custard in the dish. Spoon the crumble mixture evenly over the pear halves.
  6. Step 6

    Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 mins. Uncover and bake for a further 15-20 mins or until topping is golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.