Pears are one of those fruits that really remind me of the season. The season being fall. I love them in desserts, on their own, added to salads and even in main dishes. Today I enjoyed them as lunch...oops!
Caramelized pears make for a quick, but with a fancy touch, dessert. You can serve them with ice cream, cream, yoghurt, or anything else you care for really. Today, we served them with straight Greek yoghurt, a few scattered walnuts and a touch of cinnamon. Now it that doesn't say October, I don't know what does!
Serves 4 - 8 (Depending if you want a whole pear each or just a half)
4 Pears halved and cored - choose ripe pears
4 Tablespoons of butter
1/4 Cup of brown sugar
1 Teaspoon of vanilla
1 Tablespoon of water
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Small handful of crushed walnuts
In a large skillet set over high heat, melt the butter. Add the pears to pan, cut side down. Cook them over a high heat until they start to brown, probably about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and let them continue to cook for a further 5 minutes or so. Add the brown sugar, vanilla and water to the pan. Stir around the pears to make sure it is evenly spread out around the pan. You should notice the sauce starting to thicken about now. Reduce heat to low and cover cooking for a further 3-5 minutes. Check the pears and they should be quite soft right about now and golden on the cut side. Remove from heat. Served above with the pan browned butter, Greek yoghurt, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few crushed walnuts. Divine!
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