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Caramelized Pears

Seasonal fruit is the perfect starting point for a memorable meal-ender.

  • Servings: 6
Caramelized Pears

Photography: Andrew Purcell

Source: Everyday Food, September 2012


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 medium pears, such as Anjou or Bartlett, quartered and cored
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Add pears, one cut side down, and cook until browned, then reduce heat to medium and cook 3 minutes. Turn pears to other cut side and cook 4 minutes. Add sugar and 1 tablespoon water, swirling pan to combine. Turn pears skin side down and cook until sauce is thickened slightly, 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla and pinch of salt. Serve warm with ice cream.

Cook's Note

Pick a Pear
Anjou and Bartlett are the best choices for this dish -- they're sweet and juicy and hold their shape when cooked.


Reviews (1)

  • kathyzar 6 Mar, 2013

    The carmelized pear recipe was great! I made it for Valentine's day and everyone thought I spent a long time on it! it really is fantastic with vanilla ice cream. Thank you!

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