Butterscotch Pears

Recipe by Helene G
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READY IN: 35mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Peel the pears, cut them in half lengthwise and, using a melon baller, scoop out the cores.
  • Rub them all over with the lemon half to prevent browning.
  • In a large (10-inch), heavy-based, ovenproof skillet, melt the butter.
  • Add the sugar and brown sugar and stir to dissolve.
  • Arrange the pears in the pan, cut side down, in a single layer.
  • Bake the pears uncovered, basting occasionally with the liquid in the pan, until they begin to soften and color slightly.
  • Depending on the pears ripeness, baking time can range from 20 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Remove the pears with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Add the vanilla, salt, and Scotch, if using.
  • Serve the sauce over the warm pears.
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