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Simple Caramelized Pears


This fall dessert is simple and sweet.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, October 2004


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


  1. Halve pears lengthwise; remove cores. (A melon baller removes cores easily, but a small spoon works, too.) Place sugar on a plate.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium. Press cut side of each halved pear in sugar. Pressing the cut sides of pears in sugar before cooking helps them caramelize. 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.

  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.

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  • MS11539167
    1 SEP, 2013
    Lovely , new and very easy ... It makes me love pears finally : )
  • Lovinmyson
    26 OCT, 2008
    Very good. Keep your eye on the pan so as not to burn. Doesn't take long, but you want them fresh. Next time I will peel the pears before cooking. One guest said she loved the peel, but I was not such a fan.
  • kimwylie0523
    31 MAR, 2008
    Yum! I made these and topped them with Butter Pecan ice cream. Great recipe; quick, simple, and delectable!
  • minic00per2005
    5 FEB, 2008
    I saw this recipe on the Everyday Cooking show on my local PBS station. However, they cooked it in the microwave in an 8x8 pan wrapped in paper towels. It was simple! I put the butter and sugar into the pan with the pears (put them in the pan whole). Microwave for 15 minutes and then take the pears out and mix the butter/sugar mixture with some cream and cover the pears. I may be missing out on some of the exact ingredients, but it was easy and REALLY GOOD!
  • michellemcclure
    18 DEC, 2007
    This was one of the best, simple desserts I've ever made. It's a great alternative for those who can't have wheat or dairy!
  • krisx2
    9 NOV, 2007
    Extremely easy and made me look like a gourmet chef. The caramel that formed on the bottom of the pan was fantastic.
  • Jgaullivengood
    8 NOV, 2007
    Talk about Easy! this is it.bartlett pears are a must!taste was extradionary,