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Caramelized Pears with Brandy and Vanilla

Caramelized Pear with Brandy and Vanilla

I just love pears and I’ll tell you, this has been a good year for pears.  Some have been so ripe they’re downright sloppy and inappropriate for public consumption…but again, oh so good.  Hopefully you’ve been enjoying a few of these yourself!

This simple preparation takes the sweet and juicy Bartlett pear to a whole new level.  Roasted and caramelized with a sweet and complex glaze, these pair beautifully with your favorite vanilla bean ice cream for a deceptively decadent dessert or atop creamy Greek yogurt for a sweet and satisfying breakfast.  Prepped in less than 10 minutes and out of the oven within 30, you’ll find this recipe is as easy as it is delicious!

Caramelized Pears with Brandy and Vanilla
Serves 6

Ingredients

3 large Bartlett pears, ripe but still a bit firm
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon brandy

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Begin by lining a rimmed baking sheet with either a silicone mat (such as a Silpat) or parchment paper.  Smear with the 1 tablespoon of butter and then sprinkle over the brown sugar.  Set aside.

Prepare the pears by slicing them in half, top to bottom, and then scoop out the cores using a melon baller or other small scoop.  Place each pear half cut-side down onto the sugared baking sheet.

In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, vanilla, and brandy.  Drizzle this over the pears and then pop the pan in your oven.  Bake the pears for 20-30 minutes, brushing them every 10 minutes or so with the caramel sauce forming on the pan.  (A silicone pastry or basting brush works well for this.)  The pears are done when you can easily poke them with a fork.  Remove from the oven and quickly drizzle with more of the caramel.  Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition information per serving (½ pear): 155 calories, 2 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 42 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, <1 g protein

 

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One thought on “Caramelized Pears with Brandy and Vanilla

  1. Those sound amazing, definitely on my to-do list! Have some pears in the kitchen and all!

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