Pear and Maple Cobbler
Breville Test Kitchen

Breville Test Kitchen

Pear and Maple Cobbler

Fragrant roasted pears drizzled with maple caramel and layered with a buttery biscuit topping. Serve this warming winter wonder with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro
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the Smart Oven® Air Fryer Pro

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2 hrs total time

1 hr active time


Serves 6



For the maple caramel

  • maple syrup icon
    1 cup (8 fl oz) maple syrup
  • unsalted butter icon
    ¼ cup (2 oz) unsalted butter


  • kosher salt icon
    ½ tsp kosher salt
  • heavy cream icon
    1 cup (8 fl oz) heavy cream

For the roasted pears

  • lemon icon
    1 lemon
  • pear icon
    2 lb pears

    peeled, halved, cored

  • unsalted butter icon
    2¾ oz unsalted butter


  • vanilla bean icon
    1 vanilla bean
  • fresh bay leaf icon
    2 fresh bay leaves
  • cinnamon stick icon
    1 cinnamon stick

For the biscuit topping

  • sliced almonds icon
    ½ cup (1½ oz) sliced almonds
  • all-purpose flour icon
    ¾ cup (3¾ oz) all-purpose flour
  • ground almond icon
    ⅓ cup (1½ oz) ground almonds
  • demerara sugar icon
    1 tbsp demerara sugar
  • baking powder icon
    ½ tbsp baking powder
  • kosher salt icon
    ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter icon
    1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter

    chopped and chilled

  • buttermilk icon
    ½ cup (4 fl oz) buttermilk

To finish

  • sliced almonds icon
    2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • demerara sugar icon
    1 tbsp demerara sugar
  • vanilla ice cream icon
    Vanilla ice cream

    to serve


  • 1Place the maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until it reaches 230°F on a digital thermometer. Remove from the heat.
  • 2Carefully whisk in the butter, then add the salt and cream. Return the pan to medium-low heat and simmer for 25 minutes, or until reduced to 1½ cups. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour over the base of a 11-inch x 7-inch (2-quart capacity) ovenproof dish.
  • 3Insert the wire rack into position 5. Set the oven to Bake, Convection, 320°F, for 4 minutes and press Start to preheat. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 4Finely grate ½ teaspoon of lemon zest and reserve for the lemon sugar. With a peeler, peel strips of zest from the lemon. Place the pears in a large bowl and gently toss in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add the melted butter, whole vanilla bean, bay leaves, cinnamon stick and lemon zest strips. Gently stir to combine and coat the pears.
  • 5Evenly spread the sliced almonds over the pizza pan. Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and cook for 4 minutes.
  • 6The almonds should be lightly golden. If not, cook a little longer.
  • 7Adjust the oven to Bake, Convection, 400°F, for 30 minutes and press Start. Meanwhile, place the pears cut side down in the roasting pan and spoon over the butter mixture. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top of the pears.
  • 8Place the pears in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes cooking, remove the parchment paper, turn the pears over and continue cooking. Meanwhile, make the biscuit topping.
  • 9Place the flour, ground almonds, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the toasted almonds and butter and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Carefully remove the blade and transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the buttermilk and stir until just combined.
  • 10The pears should be tender when tested with a sharp knife or skewer. If not, cook them a little longer.
  • 11Adjust the oven time to 20 minutes, confirm Rotate Remind and press Start. Meanwhile, place the pears in a single layer, on the maple caramel. Drop spoonfuls of the biscuit topping onto the pears. Sprinkle with the almonds and place the dish in the roasting pan for ease of removal from the oven.
    Tip: Cut the pears to fit in the dish, if necessary.
  • 12Place the dish in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. When the Rotate Remind signals, rotate the pan and continue cooking. Meanwhile, make the lemon sugar.
  • 13Add the sugar to the grated lemon zest and stir to combine.
  • 14The cobbler is cooked when the topping is golden, and a skewer inserted into the dough comes out clean. If not, cook it a little longer.
  • 15Allow the cobbler to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with the lemon sugar.
  • 16Spoon the cobbler into bowls and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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