30 Pear Breakfast Recipes for the Forgotten Fall Fruit

October 4, 2022

It’s that time of year when apples and pumpkins are battling it out, but there’s another fall fruit that’s just begging to be in the spotlight. Pears deserve some celebrating too, and you can make this classic choice the centerpiece of your next brunch party, with plenty of pear breakfast recipes to feature!

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Pears have quite a storied history, dating back to the ancient Romans and Celts, and possibly even earlier to prehistoric times, and we’re still enjoying the unique-shaped fruit today.

The most common variety of pears is the Bartlett, which have a buttery texture and that classic pear flavor. Boscs usually have a bit of spice, and d’Anjou pears can be reminiscent of citrus. Their are other cultivars, but these are the ones you’ll see most often.

I love pears not only for their distinct flavor and soft texture, but because they ripen off the tree. Usually, pears are harvested before they are fully ripe. So you can buy a basket of them at the market and place them in a fancy bowl on your fall table, watching them transform from green to yellow, before you use them in one (or two, or all) of these delicious recipes.

Sweet Pear Shareables

When you are planning your breakfast or brunch menu, make one of these large plates the centerpiece of your pear spread. Each of these can be the star on its own, or serve a few if you have a large crowd. Either way, everyone will be scrambling for that perfect bite.

Pear Strudel

From Foxes Love Lemons

Poached Pear Almond Tart

From All That’s Jad

Eggnog and Pear French Toast

From Little Ferraro Kitchen

Pear Dutch Baby

From Buttered Side Up

Smaller Pear Sweets

These smaller plates are great for serving tapas-style, but with a brunch twist. These are the pear breakfast recipes that you can serve as individual, bite-sized treats. Place one on each plate as a starter before your guests even sit down to make everyone feel extra fancy.

Pear Doughnuts with Creme Fraiche

From Slumber & Scones

Pear and Almond Butter Pancakes

From Whole Food Soul Food Kitchen

Puff Pastry Pear Tartlets

From A Baking Journey

Salads With Pears

Pears are a great addition to your salad course, whether fruit-based or full of fluffy greens. Sliced or diced pears add the perfect pop of sweetness and fall flair to your table. Serve salads in a big wooden bowl for a casual family style gathering, or plate each individually for a more upscale feel. Get you a fruit that can do both.

Fall Harvest Salad

From Planted in the Kitchen

Spinach Arugula Salad with Pears

From Caramel & Cashews

Fall Fruit Salad

From Everyday Family Cooking

Pear Apple Broccoli Salad

From Will Cook for Smiles

Roast Pumpkin Pear Salad

From Natalie’s Health

Pear Bread Basket

Load up a basket with a fall-themed towel and some warm slices of freshly baked bread, muffins, and even some cakes – all full of pears of course! You can serve a bread course as a starter, or put it in the middle of the table with the rest of your menu. Don’t forget the bread plates!

Almond Pear Pound Cake

From Spatula Desserts

Honey Ginger Pear Muffins

From Live to Sweet

French Pear Cake

From Caroline’s Cooking

Pear Bread with Candied Ginger

From Gift of Hospitality

Pear lovers, it’s time to celebrate the forgotten fall fruit, with 30 pear breakfast recipes and more ideas for the perfect pear-themed brunch!

Pear Beverages

It’s not brunch without a fancy drink, whether that’s a cocktail or zero-proof option. With pears, you can feel elegant either way. The flavor of pears works well with so many spices, herbs, and other fruits, making it a great choice to blend, shake, and stir together to create the perfect concoction for your crowd.

Sparkling Pear Mocktail

From The Dizzy Cook

Pear Banana Smoothie

From The Littlest Crumb

White Wine Sangria with Pear

From Couple in the Kitchen

Pear and Apple Juice

From Through the Fibro Blog

Pear Sides and Extras

Add these options to the middle of the table around a lazy susan, or right at the end of a buffet line, so everyone can top off their treats with even more pear goodness. These pear recipes are also an excellent way to bring just a taste of this fantastic fruit into your spread, even if you are featuring other ingredients.

Pear Compote

From The Healthy Epicurean

Cranberry Poached Pears

From Foolproof Living

Pear Salad Dressing

From Healing Tomato

Stewed Honey Pears

From Marcellini in Cucina

Pear Ginger Jam

From Ooh La La It’s Vegan

Essential Pear Tablescaping

Now that you’ve got your menu ideas, it’s time to set the table. Stock up on these pear-themed items to really let every guest know that it’s a full-on pear festival! You can even send them home with some cute pear favors or bites.


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