- 5 cups water, plus more as needed
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 ripe but firm pears, such as Bosc or Anjou, peeled, halved lengthwise and cored
- 1 lemon
Creamy Pecan Sauce:
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup toasted pecan halves
- Pinch kosher salt
To poach the pears: In a large pot, combine the water and sugar over medium-high heat. Using a vegetable peeler, cut wide strips of lemon zest from the lemon and add to the pot along with the juice of the whole lemon. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Submerge pears in the simmering liquid, adding more water, if necessary, to just cover the pears. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a circle just large enough to cover the pot. Ease the paper down into the pot until it is touching the surface of the liquid. Simmer the pears until a knife inserted directly into a pear meets little resistance, about 30 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and cool the pears completely in the poaching liquid.
To make the sauce: In a saucepan, over high heat, combine the brown sugar and water and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the sauce is reduced, thicker and takes on a dark golden brown color, about 8 to 10 minutes. Carefully stir in cream, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until very thick, 2 to 3 minutes more. Stir in the toasted pecans and salt.
Serve 1 to 2 pear halves per person, drizzled with the creamy pecan caramel sauce.
by darbyakeep45December 13, 2012 at 5:59 AM
Never had this...thanks for sharing!
by bhwrn1December 13, 2012 at 7:06 AM
December 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM
That sounds good.
by SabrinaLCDecember 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM
Thanks for sharing.
by reneawesleyDecember 13, 2012 at 10:09 AMYum!
by KrysdenDecember 17, 2012 at 5:10 PM
thanks for sharing