Caramelized pears infused with warm aromatic cardamom is easy and impressive fall dessert, perfect for dinner parties as well as a weeknight treat!
Let’s welcome fall with this simple, yet delicious caramelized pears with a hint of aromatic cardamom!
Why you’ll love this recipe:
It’s an absolute must-try fall dessert for number of reasons:
- Super easy and quick to make – you just need one skillet and less than 30 minutes!
- Effortless, yet impressive presentation – perfect for dinner parties!
- Intoxicating aroma of this dish is beyond words.
- Super versatile and easy to customize!
Ingredients you need:
- Pears – For this recipe, you can use pretty much any variety of pears. In the pictures, I made it with Bartlett pears. But Anjou or Bosc pears work wonderfully as well. It’s best if pears aren’t fully ripe, as slightly firm pears will hold their shape better after cooking.
- Cardamom – Earthy sweet and floral aroma of cardamom is so unique and adds a magical touch to anything it’s added to. It complements the warm pears in this delicious autumn dessert!
- Bartlett pears are super juicy and pretty sweet when ripe. These popular pears have buttery smooth texture. And while they’re best when eaten fresh or cooked into pear butter, you can also bake/cook with Bartlett pears. Just make sure to choose not quite ripe, slightly firm pears.
- Anjou is another popular pear variety. You’ll find green and red Anjou pears, which are pretty similar in taste and texture. When ripe, Anjou pears are moderately sweet, nice n’ juicy and have buttery soft texture. They’re great all-purpose pears, perfect for eating fresh or cooking/baking.
- Bosc pears are beautiful brownish pears with crips texture and mildly sweet flavor. They have soft grainy texture. Since it’s a firm pear, they hold their shape well, making them ideal for poaching and baking. But they’re also delicious for eating fresh.
And that’s not all, there’re more pear varieties too!
How to caramelize pears:
- First, melt butter in a skillet and then add sugar and cardamom over medium heat. Stir everything to combine.
- Then add chopped or sliced pears and cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Add vanilla extract and cook for another minute or so.
The cooking time varies depending on the ripeness of the pears.
Softer pears cook faster, and firmer pears cook longer.
And voila! Be warned that the smell of the caramelized cardamom pears is intoxicating!
- Vanilla bean ice cream is a classic! But you can also serve with some Greek yogurt, or even whipped cream.
- Oatmeal is another favorite of mine.
- Plain cheesecake won’t be plain anymore with a spoonful of caramelized pears!
- You can also top baked brie with these pears along with candied nuts. Delish!
- And last but not least, serve it over waffles, pancakes, or crepes!
How to Make Caramelized Pears
- 2-3 pears Note 1
- 10 green cardamom pods Note 2
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar light or dark
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Quarter the pears and remove the cores. Cut into slices or 1/2-inch cubes.
- In a medium skillet, toast the cardamom pods over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cool until safe to handle, then peel and grind the seeds in a mortar and pestle.
- In the skillet, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Sprinkle in ground cardamom and cook until sugar is melted.
- Add chopped pears and cook for 2 minutes. Once the juices start to release, increase the heat to medium high and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for about 8 minutes.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Cook for another minute. Then remove from heat and cool slightly.