Pear Caramel with Ice Cream

Perfect  Seasonal recipe using pears and figs.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 pears, peeled if desired, cored and chopped
  • 2 -3 tablespoons rum, brandy, desired-flavor liqueur or apple juice
  • 2 pints vanilla ice cream


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; stir in sugar until well combined. Add pears; cook and gently stir over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until pears are tender. Turn heat down if mixture begins to boil rapidly. Stir in rum. Spoon warm pear sauce over ice cream. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Recipe & Pic from Midwest Living


Ginger Pear Cakes

¾ cup granulated sugar

⅓ cup butter, softened

1 large egg

¼ cup finely grated, peeled Bosc or other firm, ripe USA Pear

¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

¾ cup buttermilk

Warm Figs and Pears in Brandied Honey

2 to 3 medium-sized, ripe Bosc or other USA Pears, peeled, cored and cut into 18 (½-inch) slices

1 tablespoon lemon juice

⅓ cup water

⅓ cup honey

5 tablespoons brandy, divided use

1 cup halved, stemmed Blue Ribbon, Orchard Choice, or Sun Maid Mission or Calimyrna figs


For cakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously coat 6 mini-Bundt® pans* with vegetable cooking spray. In large bowl, cream sugar and butter with electric mixer, about 5 minutes. On low speed, beat in egg, then pear and ginger. Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and allspice. Add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with buttermilk. Spread batter evenly in pans. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Turn out onto wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 6 mini-bundt pan loafs or 9 (2 1/2-inch) muffin pan cups

For sauce: Place pear slices in bowl and toss gently with lemon juice; set aside. In small saucepan combine water, honey and ¼ cup brandy. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Add figs and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in pear slices. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon brandy.

To serve, place cakes on small plates. Arrange three pear slices on each plate. Top with figs, dividing evenly. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons brandy-honey sauce over fruit and cake on each plate.


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