I feel a bit bad for pears. Think about it — come September, apples start popping up by the bushel in farmers markets, and everyone promptly declares it "fall" and loses their minds. Apples shine in cider (both boozy and non-boozy). They're often spied snuggling up to pies and donuts and crumble and all those other fun, fall-y things we crave when the weather turns chillier.

So what about pears, their seasonal siblings? They have just as much to offer as apples. They're subtly sweet, come in many varietals, and have a giving texture (perfect for poaching and baking and roasting). We underutilized pears, and wrongfully so.

Pears deserve their 15 minutes this fall. Here are 12 sweet recipes to place them squarely in the spotlight.

1. Poached pear clafoutis

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2. Tarte aux poires et chocolat

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3. Gingered cranberry-pear pie

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4. Pear-cranberry double crusted galette

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5. Caramelized pear french toast bake

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6. Pear and almond cake

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7. Pear ginger walnut muffins

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8. Lindsey Shere's baked caramel pears

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9. Apple Cider and cardamom roasted pears

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10. Masala spiced pear pie

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11. Red-wine poached pears

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12. Rosemary pear cake

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 12 pear desserts ripe for autumn.