This dessert is elegant enough to serve with Thanksgiving dinner, either as a pre-dessert course or just as a lighter alternative to heavy pies and cakes.
This recipe was also featured in Martha Stewart's Christmas Cookbook.
Pears come in more than 5,000 varieties. Choose ones that are firm, without blemishes and with stems attached. The pears at the supermarket have often spent a few months in cool storage, so they are usually a few days from being fully ripe.