Oven-dried pear slices
Ready in 2½ hours | Serves 5 as a snack | DF | GF
2 medium, not-quite-ripe pears, washed – Packham, Comice, Concorde would all work well 1
Heat oven to 90oc fanbake. Line two oven trays with baking paper.
Slice the unpeeled pears thinly (about 2mm thick) and as evenly as possible. Leave the cores in – the slices will look beautiful and it is all edible.
Lay slices in a single layer on the trays, ensuring that none overlap. Place in the oven on the second and fourth racks so there is plenty of space in between and bake for 1 hour. (You may need to turn heat down if pear browns too quickly.)
Remove trays and turn each slice over. Return to oven, swapping shelves, and bake for another hour.
Some of the slices may dry quicker than others; remove these as necessary. Once the slices are dry to the touch, turn off the oven, open the door and leave the trays inside to cool and go crisp.
When cooled completely, the dried pear can be stored in an airtight jar, or frozen for up to 2 months in a container.
Serving suggestion > Dried pears are great on a cheese platter or as a natural sweet snack in lunch boxes. They are also lovely cut up and tossed into granola or muffins.