This golden, glossy delight could not be easier to make. All major varieties of pears - Bartlett, Bosc, red, Anjou - work equally well. However, Bosc roasts up slightly firmer than the others.

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 4 servings
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Directions

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  • Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Place butter in a baking pan large enough to hold the pears in a single layer: set in the heating oven until it melts.

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  • Sprinkle sugar over melted butter, then place pears, cut side down, on top. Bake until tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Remove pan from oven, turn pears over and baste with pan sauce. Return to oven; bake until golden and glossy, about 10 minutes longer.

  • Let cool slightly. Transfer pears to dessert plates or bowls. Top each with dollop of sour cream, drizzle with caramel pan sauce, sprinkle with nuts and serve.

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Nutrition Facts

512.2 calories; 3.4 g protein; 82.9 g carbohydrates; 43.2 mg cholesterol; 146.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
Perfect autumn recipe. Easy easy - and delicious. It took a 9X13 pan to fit the pears - I used 8 TBL. butter and a bit more sugar. I chopped up a bit of crystallized ginger and fresh grated nutmeg (idea from "30 minute meals" on the food network - they had used canned pears for their recipe). Because my fruit was very ripe (I used bartlett pears) I reduced the first cooking time by 10 minutes. Even then the fruit was just beginning to fall apart. I served the pears with vanilla ice cream instead of sour cream. The only minor complaint was eating the skin of the pear - they didn't like the texture. I will make this dessert again for my family and for company. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/14/2006
I can't get over how much butter and sugar this recipe calls for! I cut both the butter and sugar to 2 tbsp. each peeled and cut my pears into fans so the syrup could penetrate sprinkled them with a little lemon juice before roasting and basted them a couple of times while roasting for 30 minutes. The Bosc pears held up very well. As soon as I removed the pears from the oven I poured 2 oz. Amaretto over them and let the liqueur mix into the caramel. Delicious! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
Perfect autumn recipe. Easy easy - and delicious. It took a 9X13 pan to fit the pears - I used 8 TBL. butter and a bit more sugar. I chopped up a bit of crystallized ginger and fresh grated nutmeg (idea from "30 minute meals" on the food network - they had used canned pears for their recipe). Because my fruit was very ripe (I used bartlett pears) I reduced the first cooking time by 10 minutes. Even then the fruit was just beginning to fall apart. I served the pears with vanilla ice cream instead of sour cream. The only minor complaint was eating the skin of the pear - they didn't like the texture. I will make this dessert again for my family and for company. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/14/2006
I can't get over how much butter and sugar this recipe calls for! I cut both the butter and sugar to 2 tbsp. each peeled and cut my pears into fans so the syrup could penetrate sprinkled them with a little lemon juice before roasting and basted them a couple of times while roasting for 30 minutes. The Bosc pears held up very well. As soon as I removed the pears from the oven I poured 2 oz. Amaretto over them and let the liqueur mix into the caramel. Delicious! Read More
(50)
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
Perfect autumn recipe. Easy easy - and delicious. It took a 9X13 pan to fit the pears - I used 8 TBL. butter and a bit more sugar. I chopped up a bit of crystallized ginger and fresh grated nutmeg (idea from "30 minute meals" on the food network - they had used canned pears for their recipe). Because my fruit was very ripe (I used bartlett pears) I reduced the first cooking time by 10 minutes. Even then the fruit was just beginning to fall apart. I served the pears with vanilla ice cream instead of sour cream. The only minor complaint was eating the skin of the pear - they didn't like the texture. I will make this dessert again for my family and for company. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2009
YUM! I used Bosc pears after reading the submitter's description (which I really appreciated - thanks!). I think some of the juicier pears may make the caramel sauce thinner but you can also always reduce it once your pears are done baking if it's too thin for you. I left my pears whole and cored them from the bottom then set them on the sour cream and dirzzled with the caramel sauce and added toasted walnut halves. Lovely and yummy. Thanks so much for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2006
So delicious and easy! I peeled the pears. Also I reduced the sugar to 3/4 C. I used whipped cream instead of sour cream. Because my pears were a little soft to begin with I reduced the first bake to around 15 minutes. And I topped with chopped pecans. I'll definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2007
My pears were pretty ripe (I used Bosc) so I decreased teh cooking time to about 20 minutes total & i didn't bother to peel them. I cut the temp back to 375 because the caramel smelled like it might be starting to burn...next time I will start it out at 375. The caramel was still a bit "crystally" so you might want to start it first if you are decreasing teh cooking time for the pears. I served it w/ a scoop of sweetened whipped cream (that I added a tsp of almond extract too) instead of sour cream & garnished w/ chopped toasted almonds. Very enjoyable...will have again many times! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2007
I thought the sour cream would be too tart with this dessert but it actually added a wonderful creaminess. I would definately recommend it for cool summer or fall nights when you feel like putting the bit of extra effort forth for dessert. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2007
What a delicious easy elegant dessert. I sprikled chopped pecans into the carmel sauce after it came out of the oven. I left the peel on the pears and actually it was the best part. Recipe is perfect as is or you could experiment with some cinnamon or ginger to kick it up if desired. Will use this for company... excellent comfort food and lower calorie than chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2008
substituted margarine for butter almonds for pistachios and added a sprinkle of cinnamon. this was sooo awesome! short and sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
These were super easy and tasty! My pears were really ripe so I decreased the brown sugar to 3/4 cup and also sprinkled some cinnamon down before adding the pears. Read More
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