Walnut-Dusted Oven-Baked Apples and Pears

California Walnut Board
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins

Before spring fruit arrives in the market we rely on apples and pears for great fresh flavor. The honey and vanilla combines with the lemon juice to create a delicious sauce. Use all apples or all pears if necessary… it’s more important to choose ripe fruit and cook until tender rather than relying on cooking time alone.


1 1/2pounds ripe apples; peeled, cored and quartered
1 1/2pounds ripe pears; peeled, cored and quartered
1/2cup dried cranberries
1/2cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2cup honey
2teaspoons vanilla extract
1cup walnuts, toasted and chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly butter a 9-inch (8-cup capacity) oval gratin baking dish. Add the apples, pears, cranberries, lemon juice, honey, and vanilla; mix well.
  2. Bake until the fruit is tender, can be 30 minutes or up to one hour.
  3. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe by Tina Salter.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 18
  • Calories 370
  • Fat 13g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 0mg
  • Potassium 390mg
  • Carbohydrate 67g
  • Fiber 7g
  • Sugars 53g
  • Protein 6g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Vitamin C 30%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 6%