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Poached Pears with Caramel Sauce Recipe

Published: March 5, 2019

Reviewed: November 2, 2023

Poached Pears with Caramel Sauce Recipe
Rebecca Clyde, MS, RDN, CD

This recipe, which combines pears with the rich taste of caramel, makes a delicious treat throughout the year.


4 firm and ripe medium-sized pears, such as Bosc or Bartlett
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup prepared caramel sauce or caramel topping


Before you begin: Wash your hands.

  1. Peel the pears, leaving the stems attached. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each pear so that the pear will stand.
  2. Place the pears in a saucepan large enough to fit 4 pears without the fruit toppling. Add the lemon juice and 4 cups water.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until pears are tender but not falling apart.
  4. Drain the liquid. Place the pears on a plate, cover and chill 3 hours or overnight.
  5. Arrange the pears on individual dessert dishes. Drizzle caramel sauce over the pears, making a small puddle of sauce on the plate.

Cooking Note

  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 pear
Serves 4

Calories: 100; Total Fat 0.5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 20mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Protein: 1g

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