One of our favorite things when it comes to writing about hotels is the food, especially when it’s breakfast—it’s the most important meal of the day, after all. And the Joshua Grindle Inn in Mendocino did not disappoint with its home cooked dishes that sound better than any wake up call.
Thankfully, the inn provides those of us who are dreaming of a getaway with recipes of some of its more popular dishes we can enjoy at home. We simply couldn’t resist sharing with you the recipe for their Spicy Baked Pears. Enjoy!
5 large ripe pears
1/2 c dark brown sugar
3/4 c orange juice (or enough to make 1/2 inch of liquid in baking dish)
1/4 c butter
Pinch of ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line bottom of 10×15 inch baking dish with the brown sugar. Sprinkle sugar layer generously with cinnamon, mace and pinch of clove. Slice pears in half; remove cores and stems. Lay pears cut side down on sugar mixture. Pour orange juice over pears and dot with butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until pears are tender.
To serve, place pear cut side down on a serving dish, pour some of the juice mixture over the pear. Place a dollop of yogurt along side of the pears and top with freshly grated nutmeg.
* This recipe can be prepared in advance by combining all the ingredients except the orange juice. Pour over right before baking.