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Caramelized pears

A melon baller removes cores easily, but a small spoon works too.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, 2004


  • 4 red Bartlett pears
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar


  1. Halve Bartlett pears lengthwise; remove cores. Place granulated sugar on a plate.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Press cut side of each halved pear in sugar; place cut side down in skillet (fit will be snug). Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add 1/2 cup water. Cover; simmer until pears are tender, 5 to 10 minutes (depending on ripeness), adding more water if sugar begins to burn. Remove pears from skillet.

  4. If liquid in pan is thin, simmer until thickened to a saucelike consistency; if it is thick, add more water. Serve sauce over pears.

Cook's Notes

Pressing the cut sides of pears in sugar before cooking helps them caramelize.


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