This recipe, which combines pears with the rich taste of caramel, is a great way to enjoy pears throughout the year.
4 firm-ripe medium-sized pears, such as Bosc or Bartlett
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup prepared caramel sauce or caramel topping
- Peel the pears, leaving the stems attached. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each pear so that the pear will stand.
- Place the pears in a saucepan large enough to fit 4 pears without the fruit toppling. Add the lemon juice and 4 cups water.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until pears are tender but not falling apart.
- Drain the liquid. Place the pears on a plate, cover and chill 3 hours or overnight.
- Arrange the pears on individual dessert dishes. Drizzle caramel sauce over the pears, making a small puddle of sauce on the plate.
- Instead of using lemon juice and 4 cups water, substitute 4 cups apple juice to cook the pears. If the pears are short on flavor, this will give them a boost.
Serving size: 1 pear
Calories: 100; Total Fat 0.5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 20mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Protein: 1g.