Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Caramelized Pears

I'm back after a little vacation from blogging. We've had a cool stretch this past weekend with lows in the 40's and highs in the 60's. A little tease of fall. It's really gotten me ready for the change in seasons. Fall is my favorite season, The Little Buddy thinks I'm whacked, but I love the colors of everything as they die, leaves rustling, the cool crisp air and the start of the fall rainy season. The food changes to a heartier fare and you go from the berries of summer to apples and pears. The first of the pears haven't really started to show up yet, but I did manage to find a few at the store that would work for the this quick and easy dessert. It only takes a few minutes to make and taste great.

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Caramelized Pears

4 pears
about 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 water

Cut the pears in half and scoop out the core. Press pears cut side down in the sugar, then place cut side down in a skillet. You want to use a skillet just big enough to fit all the pears. When I make just 1 pear I use a small sauce pan. Cook on medium heat until pears begin to turn brown. 8 minutes or so.

Add 1/2 cup water, cover and simmer until pears are tender, 5 to 10 minutes (depending on ripeness). Add more water if sugar begins to burn. When done remove pears from skillet. If the liquid in the pan is thin, simmer until thickened to a sauce like consistency. If it's thick, add more water.

Serve pears with sauce. This is very good with ice cream or just drizzled with cream.


Mary said...

These sound delicious. I hope you are enjoying these last few days of summer.

heartnsoulcooking said...

I love pears more than apples. This recipe sounds so EASY!!! and best of all YUMMY!!! Thanks for the recipe and stopping by my blog. Come back soon. Geri