Caramelized Pears

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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4 tablespoons butter

4 medium red and yellow Bartlett pears, pitted and quartered

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons bourbon, optional

Good-quality ice cream

4 graham crackers, crumbled


  1. A simple and elegant dessert, Chuck Hughes' caramelized pears are sure to please any crowd.
  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Melt the butter, and then add the pears, cut-side down, cooking until they are slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and continue cooking until caramelized, another 5 minutes. Add the bourbon, if using, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
  3. Divide the pears among 4 plates, garnish with a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of the caramel sauce and crumbled graham crackers.

Cook’s Note

Depending on the season, pears can be replaced by peaches, nectarines, apricots or plums.

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