Create this warm and welcoming dish to celebrate the season’s best flavors and impress dinner guests. This elegant but easy-to-prepare recipe features mouthwatering fall fruit and blue cheese stuffed baked pears.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Baked Pears

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  • 6 Seckel pears
  • 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 14 sheets phyllo dough
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 pinch sugar and kosher salt
  • tsp. additional granulated sugar (for baking)

For stuffing:

  • 2 large black mission figs
  • ¼ cup toasted Oregon hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp. chopped dates½ tsp. sugar
  • Fresh orange zest
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp. ground clove
  • Garnish with blue cheese and fresh figs


  • Prepare pears in batches of three for uniform cooking in the microwave.
  • Peel pears and add lemon juice immediately to prevent browning.
  • Next, add sugar, coat evenly, and place in a covered bowl.
  • Microwave on high power for 2 minutes and leave covered for an additional 5 minutes
  • .Carefully unwrap pears and chill; meanwhile, gently mix together the fall fruits.
  • Once the pears have cooled, stuff them with the fall fruits and freeze upright for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough onto a cutting board and lightly brush with butter.
  • Add another sheet on top and repeat until the stack is 7 sheets thick.
  • Sprinkle with salt and sugar.
  • Cut the phyllo sheet lengthways into 2½-inch strips.
  • Gently roll the phyllo around the pear using additional butter as necessary.
  • On a lined sheet or pan, place 6 evenly spaced, ¼ teaspoon mounds of the reserved granulated sugar.
  • Place each pear onto the portioned sugar and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Serve warm and garnish with blue cheese and fresh figs.
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