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Baked Winter Pears and Apples (Serves 3)

This recipe is a sweet ending to a winter weeknight meal using an assortment of winter pears and apples, with no added sugar. Henry had as much fun helping to get this dessert ready, as he did eating it. I used raisins and dried apricots for the filling.
This recipe is Henry-approved.
Henry helped himself to a huge handful of raisins while we were preparing the pears and apples. Photo courtesy of
3 winter pears or apples
¼ cup raisins or other chopped dried fruits
¼ cup + ¼ cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Remove the core of the pears and apples. Place the pears and apples in a pie pan or other shallow oven-safe pan. Fill the center of each pear and apple with dried fruits. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour ¼ cup of milk in the bottom of the pie pan. Bake for 40 minutes.

Remove pears and apples from the oven and allow them to cool slightly. Transfer to individual serving dishes. Pour remaining ¼ cup of cold milk over the apples and pears to help them cool before serving.
Henry shaking spices over the pears and apples. Photo courtesy of
How your kids can help
  • 2-year old: Sprinkling the apples and pears with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • 3-year old: Filling the center of each apple and pear with dried fruits.
  • 4-year old: Pouring the cold milk over the apples and pears to help them cool.
  • 5-year old: Using an apple corer to remove the center of each apple and pear.
Winter pears and apples ready to bake. This photo courtesy of


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