What do you do after picking boxes and boxes of pears? Make Spiced Pear and Ginger Rice Pudding of course! If I was ever sorry summer was ending, I'm over it now. Autumn, with your pears and spices and warm fruity desserts, you are welcome at my house. Even my summer loving kids had such a fun time picking pears one evening last week and are ready to fully embrace the new season.
Picking pears with my kids was a revelation. The commonly cited parenting maxim says that the days are long, but the years are short. This often serves as a reminder to parents that these days, perhaps frustrating and long and exhausting days, with young children will pass all too quickly. The years are short, it's true. Sometimes, however, the long days are the best part.
Sometimes it's not a long day of mediating sibling squabbles, finding mismatched socks, and cajoling kids into eating one more bite pretty please. Every now and then, the hours stretch into a day of sunshine, and laughter, and tree swings. And you still fall into bed at night exhausted, but as your head hits the pillow, your first prayer is of thanks.
Yes the years are short, so very short. But thank goodness for all the long days.
This Spiced Pear and Ginger Rice Pudding comes from a day that stretched into a perfect Autumn evening. It comes from a golden September sun that turned every pear we picked into a treasure. It comes from tired arms, the hum of bees and lawnmowers, and the cool green grass we rested in. This pudding is filled with all the joy of tree swings, and hammocks, and sweet juicy pears eaten beneath the branches that orchestrated it all.
This is no ordinary rice pudding and it wouldn't be right for me not to tell you about the spiced pears and the creamy rice and all the happiness.
It was a perfect day. It is also a perfect pudding. For one thing, it's Autumn in a bowl: golden and spiced, sauced with warm, maple pears. If you can get your hands on some pears, this is just the thing for September.
Spiced Pear and Ginger Rice Pudding
For the Sauteed Pear Sauce
This recipe was in part, inspired by Katie's Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini, which is another delicious way to eat your pears. I also have my eye on Aimee's Extra Crispy Pear Lavender Crisp.
Kelly @ Inspired Edibles says
this pudding sounds delightful but it's your dreamy family photos that really captured my heart in this post ♡. Simply breathtaking.
What she said! (And also, I'm totally making the pudding this weekend!)
Yay! I hope you like it. I think this is one of my most favorite recipes ever . . . though I've always had a soft spot for puddings of any sort.
Thank you Kelly - you are so kind!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
Such a lovely rice pudding - love the flavour!
Thank you Katrina! I can't get enough of these autumn flavors!
Whoa. This Spiced pear and Ginger Rice with Pudding looks crazy good.
Got to try it!
Pinned it & Tweeted it!
Not a fan of rice pudding...but I'm thinking that sauce over crepes would be delicious...
Ooh, yes I think it would! I actually made a batch of the pear sauce this morning and we ate it over our oatmeal. Very yummy!
Kimberly Espinel (@TLPlantation) says
Stunning pictures. Pears are coming into their own here too. Felling inspired by this recipe to do something different with them this year.
Thanks for sharing.
Aimee @ Simple Bites says
I love, love rice pudding. Putting this into the weekend plans. xo
Wow What a Blessing. I Loved your story and Photos, Thx for Sharing. The Grandskids all 7 of them are out & about (23yrs to 7 yrs) The Pear tree is just waiting for some Grandmom attention XOXOXO
Lu @ Super Nummy Yo! says
Oh two of my most favorite things ever! Rice pudding and warm cooked pears 😛 Your photographs are also breathtaking.
Caitlin @ teaspoon says
What a lovely day! I love the picture of the pears in your skirt. This looks like a delicious treat! I can't wait to try it.
I put in half the amount of sugar and it turned out great.