Butterscotch Baked Pears Recipe

Brown sugar with a little cream and vanilla makes a velvety caramel sauce for pears to snuggle up in, and the whole thing goes from stovetop to oven to table, easy as pie.

This has it all: Harvest aromas, melting sweetness, and the goodness of pears. Just add a dollop of vanilla ice cream (or whipped cream) or use as a topping for pound cake. Butterscotch Baked Pears are surprisingly simple to make and oh-so-delicious.

4 ripe but firm pears
1/2 lemon
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 firmly packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Scotch whisky (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Peel the pears, cut them in half lengthwise and, using a melon baller, scoop out the cores. Rub all over with lemon half to prevent browning.

2. In a large heavy-bottomed ovenproof skillet (iron is ideal), melt the butter over medium heat. Add sugar and brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Arrange pears in pan, cut side down, in a single layer.

3. Bake the pears uncovered, basting occasionally with the liquid in the pan, until they begin to soften and color slightly, 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on ripeness of pears. Remove pears with a slotted spoon and set aside.

4. Transfer 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 minutes.

5. Slowly whisk in the cream until smooth. Add vanilla, salt, and Scotch (if using). Serve the sauce over the warm pears.

Serves 4.

Adapted from Comfort Food (Taunton Press, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Taunton Press. Used by permission of the publishers.
Adapted from Comfort Food (Taunton Press, 2004).


Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Eat well for a good day

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago


Joan Mcallister
6 years ago

Now this recipe certainly satisfies my sweet tooth, though probably not my waist line

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

thank you

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Julie F.
Julie F7 years ago

I love butterscotch.

Kristen R.
Kristen R7 years ago

Sounds delicious.