Roasted Pears With Brown Sugar and Vanilla Ice Cream

"I came back from the village with a boxful of pears from my father-in-law's orchard and looked for ways to use them up fast. I found this Giada de Laurentis recipe which I loved."
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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Arrange the pears cut side up in an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Whisk the apple juice and sugar in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the butter. Pour the sauce over the pears. Bake until the pears are crisp-tender and beginning to brown, basting occasionally with the juices, about 35 minutes.
  • Spoon the pears onto plates. Top with ice cream. Drizzle with any juices and serve.
  • The pears can also be served frozen. To do so, cool the pears, then place them in the freezer until frozen solid, about 8 hours.

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  1. received a bunch of pears for Christmas from Harry and David and I'll not be making this again. Something just tasted off and I followed the directions...
  2. Lovely for dessert.
  3. I can't fairly give stars because I had to make a significant change to the recipe. I had already begun making it when I realized the apple juice I had was actually apple "punch" juice, which basically tasted like fruit punch. I decided to use it anyway, and while it was pretty good, I believe it altered the flavor too much to give a fair rating. It was very easy to make, however, and I'm definitely going to make it again using the correct ingredients.
  4. This is so good, but then all of Giada's recipes are! You've posted another winner, Ev!
  5. Oh this is good! I enjoy having fruit for dessert as it is healthier than some other desserts. The juice of the pears combines with the carmelized sugar for a true taste delight. I served this topped with frozen vanilla yogurt and did manage to contain myself and eat only 1/2 a pear. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.


<style>body { background: url(""); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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