Asian pears, sometimes known as apple-pears, are incredibly juicy, sweet and crunchy. They're one of my favorite fruits to eat and to cook with, whether in a savory dish or a dessert. This recipe uses a pear to make a delicious fruit caramel to spoon over ice cream for a fruity sundae that’s a perfect end to a meal.
Place the sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until it has melted and begins to bubble, 1 to 2 minutes. Continue cooking until it turns light amber in color, 1 to 2 minutes longer, making sure to watch very closely to prevent burning. Immediately add the butter and cream and whisk until combined (it will bubble and boil, but just keep whisking!).
Add the diced Asian pear to the caramel and cook until the pear is al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and salt and serve over your favorite ice cream with a dollop of whipped cream.