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Horizontal image of a plated fruit and ricotta stack covered in nuts, with the same two plated desserts in the background on blue napkins.

Ricotta Pear Stacks

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


The simplest dessert is one that you don’t have to bake, like our simple ricotta pear steaks. No cooking required, and they’re healthier than other sweets.


  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 23 tsp maple syrup, to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 3 ripe Bosc pears
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted and salted pistachios


  1. Combine ricotta, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a bowl. Taste and adjust as you like.
  2. Peel the pears with a vegetable peeler or a thin paring knife, leaving the top stem in place for decoration. Using a paring knife or melon baller, scoop out the bottom core of the pear.
  3. Slice the bottom of the pears to make a flat and stable surface, so they will stand straight, and then slice the pears horizontally into thick pieces about 1 inch wide, carefully picking out any seeds when you see them.
  4. Spoon 4-5 teaspoons of ricotta filling between each layer and stand pears up individually, on three separate plates.
  5. To garnish, sprinkle extra cinnamon and pistachios over the top of each. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Fall
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: fall, autumn, pear, cinammon, ricotta