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This simple and healthy dessert has only a few ingredients - baked pears, walnuts, ginger and honey. But it's simplicity is based in Chinese Medicine.

Baked Pears with Walnuts and Ginger-Infused Honey

This simple and healthy dessert tonifies both lung and kidney, making it a fortifying dessert for the cold and flu season

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


  • 1 thumb ginger root (sheng jiang)
  • 4-5 ounces honey (feng mi) local, if possible
  • 2 pears
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (gui zhi)
  • 2 tbsp walnuts (he tao ren) chopped


  1. Set water to simmering in your double boiler and preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).

  2. Slice ginger and place in double boiler with honey. Let infuse for at least 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, chop walnuts and slice pears in half and scoop out seeds (I found that a teaspoon works really well).

  4. Place pears sliced side up in a baking dish. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and walnuts. Drizzle warm honey to taste. (Note: I usually don’t end up using all the honey and save it for tea later in the week.)

  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.