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Oven-Dried Pears

Once you taste homemade dried fruit, you may never opt for the packaged version again.

  • Yield: Fills one standard baking pan

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1998


  • 2 to 3 Bosc, Comice, or Red Bartlett pears, unpeeled
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Heat oven to 225 degrees. Line a pan with parchment. Cut each pear lengthwise into 1/8- to 1/4- inch-thick slices. Remove seeds and fibrous bits from each slice; arrange on pan, spaced 1/2 to 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with sugar.

  2. Transfer to oven; dry until pears become firmer, slightly chewy, and shriveled around edges, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Transfer to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, up to 2 days or frozen, up to 6 weeks.

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