Pear Brownies combine the delicious taste of pears and chocolate in one of the best healthy brownie recipes you can eat! While pears and chocolate are not a common combination in American cuisine, they are paired together in luxurious European desserts quite a bit!
The subtle but sweet taste of the pear is enhanced by the decadent chocolate of the brownie. As a bonus, honey is used as a sweetener making it a healthy brownie.
Pear Brownies: Why fruit and brownies go so well together.
There are a lot of fruit and brownie recipes out there and my pear brownie recipe will definitely leave you wanting more.
So, why are there so many fruit and brownie recipes? It’s simple really.
Chocolate and fruit compliment each other in many ways and fruit can also help reduce the need to use as much refined sugar in your brownie recipes.
Making Healthy Brownie Recipes
Yes, fruit like pears can definitely help you make better choices for your healthy brownie recipes.
Fruits, in general, pair well with chocolate and, in most cases, add a good level of sweetness that can help replace refined sugars with more natural ones.
You’ll see with the addition of pears, applesauce and honey, I was able to remove the refined sugar from my Pear Brownie recipe.
Mixing these Pear Brownies
There may seem to be a lot of steps for these brownies but they are really very easy to whip up! Here is a quick summary of the steps with tips.
- Be sure to mix together your honey with your cocoa powder and mix them until they are fully combined.
- Then, you will add dry ingredients and finally, the wet ingredients.
- Your pears will go in last.
Do you cover brownies while baking?
You can, but you don’t have to.
However, if you do, the brownies should have a thick, crispy crust and a toothpick should come out crumb covered, but not wet.
If no cracks have appeared in the top of your brownies, remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional few minutes.
Can you use aluminum foil to bake brownies?
You can definitely use aluminum foil as a pan liner while baking brownies. After lining the pan, spray a light coat with non-stick cooking spray and fill with the batter.
Once your cake or brownies have baked and cooled, you can lift them from the pan by the aluminum foil flaps, peel it back, and cut into squares without any fuss.
Can I bake brownies without parchment paper?
Yes, and I prefer parchment paper to aluminum foil. The steps are similar to above except that after lining the pan with parchment paper, I do not use non-stick cooking spray. Instead, I pour my brownie batter right on top of the parchment paper.
What is the best pan to bake brownies in?
For classic brownies, metal is always preferred. Metal will cook evenly, prevent over-browning, and yield straight edges.
You can definitely use glass or ceramic to bake brownies in but I find that metal works better yielding a better consistency in the final brownies.
Tips for baking brownies in a metal or glass pan:
Whether you use a metal or glass pan here are tips to prevent sticking and yield a delicious tasting brownies:
- Use butter or non-stick spray to coat your pan.
- You can also line your pan with parchment paper (my preferred method) or aluminum foil.
How to cut perfect brownies:
Wondering how to cut the perfect brownies? Well wonder no longer - here are tips that will help you cut them perfectly:
- Let your brownies cool completely.
- Select a plastic knife (preferred) or a serrated knife.
- Use a ruler to cut along for straight, perfect cuts.
- Wipe the knife between cuts with a paper towel or paper napkin.
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- ⅔ c. honey
- ⅓ c. cocoa powder unsweetened
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ c. applesauce unsweetened
- 2 tablespoon oil - I use olive oil
- 1 egg
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 c. pears diced
Preheat the oven to 350° Prepare an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir until well mixed the honey and cocoa.
Add the flour, baking powder and salt - mix well.
Add the applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla and whisk together until well blended and all the flour is mixed in.
Add the diced pears and mix to combine.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 25 - 30 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not overbake. The surface should be dry around the edges but the inside moist..
Allow to cool completely in pan and then cut into bars.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
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