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Holiday Recipe Caramelized Pears

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Holiday Recipe for Caramelized Pears

Food is always the center of any holiday celebration at our house and probably at your house, too. One of our favorite desserts for Thanksgiving and Christmas is caramelized pears served with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. I discovered a recipe for caramelized pears from Williams and Sonoma about eight years ago, made a couple of changes to it, and now caramelized pears are part of our holiday traditions.

Carol of Bluesky Kitchen is hosting a blog hop this week that features holiday recipes. I am sharing my modified recipe for caramelized pears as part of the tour and am honored to be included with all these wonderful cooks. See the entire schedule for all the mouth-watering recipes after my recipe. You just may find a holiday recipe that becomes a new tradition for your family holiday gatherings. 

Caramelized Pears
Serve as a side dish or add ice cream and serve as a dessert for fall and winter holiday meals.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup white grape juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ... lemon zest strips... 3"x1/2" each strip
  • fresh pears
1. Combine the first eight ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue heating until the butter melts.
2. Wash and halve the pears. Core, keeping stems intact. Place in a baking dish. Cover the pears with the white grape juice mixture.
3. Bake 30-40 minutes at 350°, basting occasionally. Cook until easily pierced with a sharp knife. Remove from the oven, and keep warm until served.
4. If served as a dessert, place two pear halves in an individual serving bowl and add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Spoon two tablespoons of the warm white grape juice mixture over the pears and ice cream.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings

Be sure to visit JennsFarm Table today. JennsFarm Table is dedicated to sharing Jenn's library of personal recipes that she continues to test and to update.  Then hop over to visit Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate for another wonderful holiday recipe. Chloe's blog includes a page called In The Kitchen where she shares her favorite recipes.  

In case you are just now starting the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop, the entire schedule by day is below. With Thanksgiving a week away, you can review all the recipes with plenty of time for you to gather the needed ingredients for your family holiday gathering.

Holiday Recipe Blog Hop Schedule November 14 ~ 18, 2016


Bluesky Kitchen 


Ash Tree Cottage 




More holiday inspiration is headed your way. 

A Country Christmas Memory 

Holidays are a time for being with families and friends. And for sharing beloved stories... laughing, talking, remembering... all the good times and bad, with those special people in our lives. Carole of Garden Up Green is hosting a blog hop November 28 where bloggers share heartfelt Christmas memories of living in the country. Botanic Bleu's memory of country Christmas trees will give you some ideas for decorating on a shoestring budget. 

Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour 

Seeing houses decorated for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do each year. Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles is hosting a blog tour December 5-7, 2016, in which bloggers share their homes decorated for Christmas. Botanic Bleu's home will be decorated with lots of white and French inspiration.

Please join me at these inspiring places for more joy of living. 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic and Refined




  1. This sounds tasty and healthy - Love that list of ingredients. Pear are a favorite here and as I'm a little burned out on apples this is a good substitution. Thanks for the recipe.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  2. Hi Judith, WOW this sounds so good and so pretty on the table making such a nice presentation for the holidays. Thank you for sharing your tradition and the recipe. Have fun visiting today and Friday in our hop. Hugs

  3. I have never made caramelized pears, but pears are one of my favorites, I must try this asap, it is a perfect holiday recipe!

  4. Judith, I can just imagine how wonderful the poaching liquid must smell. Pears are the perfect fall and winter fruit and I bet this is just delicious. Plus anything with Blue Bell is a winner! Thank you so much for sharing on our Holiday Recipe Blog Hop.

  5. Never had caramelized pears, but I do love pears on a whole! And yours sure sound tasty, ...are pretty and festive, too! ~Rhonda

  6. Good Morning Judith,
    This would be a beautiful and delicious addition to any Holiday table.
    How refreshing to have this choice of dessert.
    Enjoyed participating with you in this Holiday Recipe Blog Hop!

  7. This sounds so decadent and delicious! I may serve this on Christmas Eve! Thank you for a wonderful recipe and happy holidays! xo, Andrea

  8. Thank you for sharing your revised recipe with us, Judith. The Carmelized Pears sound perfect for a beautiful ending to a meal. A scoop of Blue Bell on top would make me happy!

  9. Judith, this sounds delicious! I imagine your kitchen must smell wonderful when you are cooking this. My family loves pears, so I am going to have to try this!

  10. I love warm pears with spices. YUM. Perfect healthy Fall & Holiday treat. :) Delicious I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays!

  11. These sound so delicious and are pretty, too! I think serving these with some cinnamon ice cream would make for a wonderful holiday dessert!

  12. I love pears, and your version looks like a beautiful and delicious way to enjoy this wonderful fruit this season. Thanks for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

  13. I love poached pears and your recipe sounds delish! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Judith, these sound heavenly! Thanks for sharing--pinned! Blessings, Cecilia

  15. I love this recipe! It looks so wonderful and I know it smells amazing! And don't even get me started on my addiction to Blue Bell ice cream! :-) Just wonderful and thank you so much for sharing!! Love and hugs!!

  16. I have never had a caramelized pear before; I bet it smells amazing

  17. Gorgeous pictures. It looks like a delicious and healthy dessert. Oh Blue Bell, always a favorite.

  18. It sounds delicious and, not only that, it looks very festive! Adding Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla is perfect.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  19. Judith, I love caramelized pears! And, they are perfect served with Blue Bell ice cream! Thanks for sharing. Sorry for just now getting over to you to visit. My schedule has been crazy! Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  20. This sounds wonderful and your pictures are beautiful! thanks so much for sharing.

  21. Judith, caramelized anything gets a thumbs up from me. This sounds delicious! Thanks for hosting this fun party. I've yet to get a new post up, so I linked a blog post from the archives. Hope that is acceptable. If not, just say so. Thanks and happy Thanksgiving!

  22. These sound so yummy and the pictures are so beautiful! Can't wait to try them!


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