There's no need to make a special sauce for these pears; just mix a little vanilla ice cream with the pear juices.

Everyday Food - 1-4


Recipe Summary

8 mins
20 mins
Serves 4


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Peel 4 firm, ripe Bosc pears, and core from the bottom using a melon baler, leaving stems intact. In a 2-qart microwave-safe dish with a lid, place 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar and 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, and add pears. Cover, and microwave on high until the pears are tender enough to pierce with a knife, 10 to 12 minutes (timing will vary depending upon ripeness of pears). Don't be concerned if pears fall over on their sides as they cook. Carefully uncover, as dish lid will release steam.

  • Transfer cooked pears to four shallow serving bowls, leaving juices behind. Add 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream to the juices of the dish; stir until smooth and saucy. Dividing evenly, spoon sauce around the pears; serve at room temperature or chilled.

  • Whip the cream: In a large bowl, whisk remaining 2/3 cup cream and granulated sugar until soft peaks form.

  • Assemble: In each of eight shallow dishes, arrange 2 banana halves lengthwise. Place 2 scoops ice cream on bananas. Top with butterscotch sauce, whipped cream, and, if desired, peanuts and a cherry.

Cook's Notes

You can serve these warm, or you can make the pears and the sauce, store them separately in the refrigerator, and serve chilled.


Reviews (1)

Rating: Unrated
This is a very good tasting dessert. It is easy and tastes expensive. The whole dessert takes less than 15 minutes. Items #3 & 4 do not go with the recipe.