Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a delicious, lovely to look at, easy to make dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Peel the pears, cut them in half lengthwise and, using a melon baller, scoop out the cores.
  3. Rub them all over with the lemon half to prevent browning.
  4. In a large (10-inch), heavy-based, ovenproof skillet, melt the butter.
  5. Add the sugar and brown sugar and stir to dissolve.
  6. Arrange the pears in the pan, cut side down, in a single layer.
  7. Bake the pears uncovered, basting occasionally with the liquid in the pan, until they begin to soften and color slightly.
  8. Depending on the pears ripeness, baking time can range from 20 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. Remove the pears with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  10. Transfer the pan to a burner and boil the mixture left behind over medium-high heat until it reaches a rich, golden-brown color and smells like caramel, 2 to 5 minute Slowly whisk the cream into the caramel until smooth.
  11. Add the vanilla, salt, and Scotch, if using.
  12. Serve the sauce over the warm pears.
Most Helpful

What an awesome dessert!! My husband is a scotch drinker, and normally I don't like it, but it really adds something special to this dish!! If you like butterscoth, this is the recipe for you!! I used 8 of the small sugar-pears and it turned out just fine! Just didn't have to bake it as long! I also think this might be good as an pear upside down cake! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs Wood December 01, 2005

I love easy recipes that turn out great! This was delicious and showcases seasonal produce at it's finest. I scaled this to feed two people and was almost sorry I did! Served it over vanilla ice cream.

CASunshine September 13, 2005

O wow! I've been looking for this recipe for years ... and here it is! Thanks a bzillion for posting!

Caroline Cooks February 19, 2005