Caramelised Pears


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium red and yellow Bartlett pears, pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or 2 tablespoons bourbon, optional.
  • Good-quality ice cream

Cook’s Note

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


  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Melt the butter, and then add the pears, cut-side down, cooking until they are slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the brown sugar and continue cooking until caramelized, another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla extract or bourbon, if using, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
  5. Divide the pears among 4 plates, garnish with a scoop of ice cream,
  6. Drizzle some caramel sauce

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