Delight your family with this elegant and delicious dessert.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Leave stems on peeled pears. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.

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  • In a saucepan large enough to accommodate 4 pears standing upright, combine water and sugar. Place over medium heat, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla, then place the pears in. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool in liquid, then drain.

  • In the top of a double boiler, combine chocolate, cream and butter. Heat, stirring, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in coffee liqueur.

  • Place pears on serving dish, pour chocolate sauce over pears, and garnish with maraschino cherries.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 71.7g 23% DV; fat 15.3g 24% DV; cholesterol 19mg 6% DV; sodium 27.2mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2008
Great idea! My pears discolored a bit in the pot despite following the lemon juice instruction. I cored them from the bottom to keep the stems intact and only cooked mine for about 5 minutes before removing them from the heat - and they were perfectly tender without being mushy. I skipped the coffee liquor and maraschino, added a little vanilla to the chocolate and garnished with lemon zest and sugared almonds. Very pretty and delicious, thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/10/2004
I really didn't care for this recipe but then I'm not a huge fan of pears. I found it a little too difficult to make for a so-so result. Read More
(5)
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2008
Great idea! My pears discolored a bit in the pot despite following the lemon juice instruction. I cored them from the bottom to keep the stems intact and only cooked mine for about 5 minutes before removing them from the heat - and they were perfectly tender without being mushy. I skipped the coffee liquor and maraschino, added a little vanilla to the chocolate and garnished with lemon zest and sugared almonds. Very pretty and delicious, thanks! Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2004
I don't understand why you don't core the pears. This is a tasty recipe but could be easier to eat. Next time I will core them (and keep an eye on them in case they don't need 15 min. of cook time). Good chocolate sauce! Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2006
This was very good but I ended up making a different chocolate sauce. I do not care for bittersweet chocolate so I made it again with semi-sweet a sliver of butter and a little milk. Much better. I cored the pears before cooking and they were sweet and tender. I also garnished with fresh strawberries. Easy and tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
YUM! I'm not one for pears usually but this was delicious. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
11/09/2004
I really didn't care for this recipe but then I'm not a huge fan of pears. I found it a little too difficult to make for a so-so result. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2007
These were very good but I did use semi-sweet chocolate instead of the bitter since I didn't want my guests over powered with dark choc. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2012
I thought the semi-sweet chocolat sauce worked very well with the sweeter pears. Will be made again! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2013
Awesome recipe even when using only 1/2 the sugar recommended in the recipe. A favorite from everyone in the family! Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
09/11/2020
For a better flavor, skip the butter. All it does is making the sauce shiny -but also heavy and less "chocolaty". Use a little more heavy cream for best taste. Read More