Bosc Pears make their own light syrup right on the stove top. Add a touch of vanilla and orange liqueur, and you have an autumn dessert that won't weigh you down.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Peel the pears. You can halve and core them, or leave them whole: just carefully core the blossom end of each pear and remove the seeds.

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  • Place the pears into a large saucepan. Fill with enough water to cover the pears by 1 inch. Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until the liquid has reduced into a light syrup; this may take up to 1 hour. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool until just warm, then stir in the liqueur and serve.

Nutrition Facts

123 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 28.6g 9% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 1.3mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2007
OH MY GOSH!!!! I had 2 fresh pears I needed to use and found this recipe. Just what I was looking for. In fact I made it again 2 days later with slices of fresh pears honeycrisp apples and a small amt. of ground nutmeg added. Great with or without the orange flavoring. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/16/2013
Was unsure so I left the skin on and that seemed to work nicely. The syrup was very watery even after 90 minutes over medium heat. Tasted fine but reminiscent of canned pears. Not sure I would do it again. Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2007
OH MY GOSH!!!! I had 2 fresh pears I needed to use and found this recipe. Just what I was looking for. In fact I made it again 2 days later with slices of fresh pears honeycrisp apples and a small amt. of ground nutmeg added. Great with or without the orange flavoring. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2009
I don't like pears and was looking for a recipe to use up some we had on hand. Both my husband and I liked this recipe. I substituted 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar for the Cointreau and it turned out very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2008
Very tasty everyone enjoyed it. I did not change anything - followed the recipe exactly. Next time I think that I'll slice the pears instead of simmering halves. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2007
This was incredible! I was amazed at how wonderful the pear syrup tasted after one hour of cooking. I added the vanilla as instructed but I didn't have Cointreau only Triple Sec which seems a bit harsher so I only added 1 tablespoon. Next time (and there will be a next time) I don't think I'll add the liqueur at all. My husband and I enjoyed these pears very much. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2008
It was so good I'm making it again in the morning (dicing the pears over waffles) Amazing. We had to sub with orange juice. Sprinkle with cinnamon...it's all that's missing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2007
These were the perfect ending to our meal tonight! The recipe was just right. To top them I whipped some cream. We don't have any liquer in our house at all so I did what another reviewer did-left it out. Thanks for the good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2009
I pretty much followed this recipe to the T and it turned our great! Wonderful smell wafting through the house. I quartered my pears as I think it is easier to core them that way. I did add a cinnamon stick at the very beginning and I thought it added nicely. I would suppose one could add a few whole cloves for a different flavor too. Would be great served over vanilla ice cream! Definitely a recipe to keep! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2007
This was delicious. I did not have orange liqueur but peach. I added it and it gave the pears a fresh but not peachy taste. My only complaint is that my dish looked more like cooked potatoes than pears. Next time I would add some red food coloring. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2013
I opted to leave my pears whole for presentation's sake and adding only a marginal amount of orange liqueur. I replaced the rest of liqueur with lemon juice upon serving. This is very sweet (so be warned.) The lemon juice helped cut the sweetness. Was tasty. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/16/2013
Was unsure so I left the skin on and that seemed to work nicely. The syrup was very watery even after 90 minutes over medium heat. Tasted fine but reminiscent of canned pears. Not sure I would do it again. Read More
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