Caramelized Spiced Pears

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Caramelized Spiced Pears

Serve these caramelized pear slices over ice cream, stir into plain yogurt or enjoy as a topping for pancakes or waffles. Brown-skinned Bosc pears hold their shape during cooking, but any variety of pears tastes delicious.

Yield: 6 servings, about 1/2 cup each
Active Time: 25
Total Time: 25


  • 3 ripe but firm pears (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Toss pears with lemon juice in a medium bowl. Melt butter in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat; stir in the pears. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring once halfway through, for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in a small bowl. After 10 minutes, stir the sugar mixture into the pears. Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until the pears are tender and glazed, 4 to 6 minutes, depending on the type and firmness of the pears. Serve warm.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 108
fat 4 g (2 g sat, 1 g mono)
cholesterol 10 mg
carbohydrates 20 g
protein 0 g
fiber 3 g
sodium 26 mg
potassium 107 mg

Nutrition Bonus

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1 fruit, 1 fat

From EatingWell November/December 2011