Yes for Caramelized Pears! If you have never tired pears this way, you have to give them a try. So delicious that you will be making them all fall long.
Right, so first things first, this is not a new recipe. In fact, it's already been on the blog for three years. Yes, that long! Yesterday, I bought some pears in hopes of putting them in a crumble. Just as I was about to get going with the flour and sugar, I remembered this recipe that I made only once all those three years ago. I remembered it being really good, so I decided to give it a whirl again. And am I ever glad I did. I completely forgot how great these pears are. Like so delicious! Not only did I have them last night, I had them again for breakfast today. So good.
So why have a do over of the recipe? Well, the one and only main reason is because of the photography. If you ever read my blog, you might have come across me talking about this before. Sometimes it's nice to revisit old recipes and give them a bit of a makeover to bring them back to life and into the light! And I am not wrong when I say into the light. I think if I had all the time in the world, I would go through all those older recipe one by one and bring them into 2018. To state the obvious, I don't have that kind of time. So for now, the old recipes will have to remain in the dark ages.
Before I get to the pears and off on a complete tangent, who decorates their homes for fall? Or for that matter any seasonal decorating? I'm only asking, because I never really knew it was a thing. There's me in the dark ages again. Sure, Christmas decorating, I'm all in 100%! Even Halloween at my place you'll see a pumpkin or two and a few scary creatures. I do love Halloween. But as for decorating my home seasonally to match the weather outside, no.
But all of a sudden, I am seeing this everywhere! Or maybe I am only just aware of it now. People that literally redecorate their homes for the season that we are heading into. I am not talking about a pumpkin on the door step either. I'm talking full on pictures swapped out, seashells replaced in favour of pine cones, teal blue throw pillows hidden away so the rustic browns can shine through and take over and even full on dinner wear doning the dining table. Am I the only one that doesn't do this? Please tell me I'm not alone in my house remaining it's boring self year round.
And just to put this out there, I'm all for it! I think it makes a great change and could easily make you feel as if you moved house. I'm all for that on every level. Just was curious who does seasonal decorating. Maybe I need to catch up with the times.
Okay, now we'll get to the delicious pears.
Notes about the pears:
When choosing pears for this recipe, choose pears that are slightly ripe but not too soft. If you do happen to have overly ripe pears and want to use them for this recipe, just note that the cooking time will probably be about 1/2 of that stated below. And stating the obvious, if your pears are rock hard, you will probably need to cook them for longer.
The pears shouldn't stick to the pan when cooking, but if they do, add about a tablespoon of water and reduce the heat a little. That should do the trick.
In the recipe below you will see that you cover the pears part way through cooking, this is important. If you don't do this, the caramel will most likely reduce too much and you won't end up with a syrup in the end.
I can't tell you how easy these are and how totally delicious they are. A must make for fall. Serve them with something like creme fraiche, Greek yoghurt, whipped cream or even ice cream. If you go down the ice cream route, try using something not too sweet because the pears are pretty sweet in themselves.
Happy cooking friends and get your fall decorating on...ha!
Serves 6 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 25 minutes
6 Pears halved and cored (ripe)
4 Tablespoons of butter
1/4 Cup/50 grams of brown sugar
1 Teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 Cup/60 ml water
In a large skillet set over high heat, melt the butter. Add the pears to the pan, cut side down. Cook them over a high heat until they start to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low 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. Cover and leave for 10 minutes.
Uncover and turn all the pears over and spoon over the caramel. Leave to cook for a further 5 minutes or until pears are soft. Remove from heat.
Can be served immediately or at room temperature.
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