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Pan-Roasted Pears With Honey Caramel Sauce

Win The Pear Lottery!

Pan-roasted pears with honey caramel sauce.

Have you ever taken a bite out of a perfectly beautiful pear, only to discover that it was not quite ripe?

What a shock!  It’s grainy and dry, devoid of that luscious pear juice your tastebuds were longing for.

One researcher in the Northwest who has dedicated his career to moving the pear out of the shadow of the apple says, “Getting a nicely ripened pear is harder than winning the lottery.”



Pears Don’t Ripen On The Tree

That’s because, pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen on the tree and the color of a pear doesn’t change as it ripens.

If it’s beautiful on the outside, how can you tell if it’s ripe on the inside?

It’s all in the touch.



How To Tell If A Pear Is Ripe

Grab it by the neck and give it a slight squeeze.  If it gives just a bit, it’s ripe.

You can buy pears unripe; leave them on your counter at home until they ripen.

It may take as many as 30 days before some pears convert their starch to sugar.

Pears are a beautiful fruit and with just a bit of effort, it can make an elegant offering for family and friends, especially for dessert.



Pan-Roasted Pears With Honey Caramel Sauce

Try pan-roasting pears.  If you haven’t moved beyond slimply slicing and coring a pear, this is the recipe for you.

Saute the pears in butter.  As the pears and the butter begin to brown, drizzle the pears with honey.  The butter and honey combo create a yummy caramel sauce.  Arrange the pear slices on a platter once they are cooked through, drizzle with the caramel, and garnish with bit of bleu cheese and toasted pine nuts.  Use a Bosc pear for this dessert as they retain their shape even with the high heat.

This combination is dreamy. It’s so simple, impressive, and delicious you’ll think you won the pear lottery.

This is a beautiful dessert to follow Chili and Cumin Rubbed Pork Chops.

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Pan-Roasted Pears With Honey Caramel Sauce

Pan-Roasted Pears With Honey Caramel Sauce

  • Prep Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 firm Bosc pears, cored and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 oz. bleu cheese
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts


  1. Melt unsalted butter in large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the pear quarters to the skillet, cut side down.
  3. As the pears cook, flip the pear quarters from side-to-side so that they brown evenly.
  4. As the butter begins to brown, drizzle the pears with honey.
  5. Swirl the pan to distribute the butter and honey evenly.
  6. Add a bit of water to the pan, if the caramel begins to darken before the pears are tender.
  7. Arrange cooked pears on a serving platter.
  8. Pour caramel sauce over the top of the pears.
  9. Top the pears with the bleu cheese and pine nuts.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 279
  • Sugar: 23.9 g
  • Sodium: 243.6 mg
  • Fat: 15.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.7 mg