Vanilla Bean & Brown Sugar Baked Pears

Simple, warm and delicious--this dessert is easy to love. The subtle sweetness from the juice of the pears co-mingles with the butter, brown sugar and vanilla to make a butterscotch-like sauce. We like Bosc pears because they stay tender-crisp even when baked. Serve these in dessert bowls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato and spoon a little of the butterscotch syrup on top. Heavenly.


4 Pears

Juice of one lemon

4 Tbl brown sugar

4 Tbl butter

1 tsp Ground Bourbon Vanilla Beans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Halve each pear and use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the seed. Use a knife to cut a shallow valley from the seed to the stem--this is to cut away the bit of tougher flesh that runs along the center of the pear. Leave the stem in tact at the tip of the fruit for aesthetics. Place the pears cut side up in a baking dish. Sprinkle each with lemon juice. Place 1/2 Tbl butter and 1/2 Tbl brown sugar in the cored out section of each pear. Sprinkle the Ground Vanilla Beans over all the pears. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a knife easily pierces the pears. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato.

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