Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
We make this every year for Thanksgiving. It is so easy, yet so elegant and impressive. Plus, it is delicious! Cook time does not include time to freeze the ice cream.
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
- 1⁄4 cup brandy
- 4 firm-ripe pears
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 1⁄2 vanilla bean (about 3-inches long)
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Stir together ice cream and brandy until well blended. Cover and freeze until serving time.
- Peel, halve and core pears. Immediately sprinkle with 2 tablespoons lemon juice to prevent browning.
- In a 9 by 13 inch baking dish, mix together remaining lemon juice, butter, and honey.
- Slit vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape seeds into the butter mixture. Stir in grated lemon and orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
- Score round portion of each pear half diagonally 1/8 inch deep in one direction and then in the opposite direction, creating a diamond pattern.
- Place pears cut side down in baking dish and spoon sauce over them.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven, basting often, until very tender when peirced with a fork, about 40 minutes.
- Arrange pears on serving plates, rounded side up and serve with brandy/vanilla ice cream on the same plate.
Nice dessert, the vanilla bean gives it a great flavor. I followed the other reviewer and left the brandy out of the ice cream. I also made it a little less spicy. I think if I made this again I would leave the orange zest out or use less, and cook it only 30 minutes, since by 40 the remaining sauce had burned instead of being available to make the ice cream yummier.
This dish was wonderfully blended with flavors. The pears were succulent and very good. The Brandy Ice cream tasted odd though. I would leave out the brandy next time.