Spiced Caramelized Pears


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 bosc pears
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • With the tip o a paring knife, split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise.
  • With sides of the knife, scrape out seeds and place in a medium bowl. (reserve vanilla bean halves)
  •   Peel the pears then halve lengthwise and core.
  • In a 12 inch non-stick skillet, heat the butter, reserved vanilla halves, and 2 tbs water on medium low heat until the butter melts.
  • Add pears and turn to coat in butter mixture.
  • Cook for 2 minutes, turning pears over occasionally.
  • Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon, and ginger around the pears, stirring into cooking liquid.
  • Cover skillet and cook 3-4 minutes, until the pears are tender.
  • Uncover and turn all pear halves cut side down. Cook for 1 minute until the pears are caramelized, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer the pear halves to each of 4 bowls.
  • Spoon some of the cooking liquid over pears.

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