Roasted Pears with Butterscotch Sauce

April 11, 2012 Published by Dina

Pears lend themselves beautifully to roasting. Their natural sweetness condenses as they bake and their sugars caramelize, yet they retain a nice texture and look gorgeous on a plate. I have written about pears in the fall section of the What’s in Season page on the top bar of this blog. There are many pear varieties, and it is important to use the right variety for the right cooking method. Not all pears roast the same. There are endless ways of serving pears, as dessert, in salads, alongside dinner foods, in soups or with cheese at the end of a meal. I am offering this simple recipe to start with and will feature more recipes as I continue with this blog.


4 Bosc pears

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup pear juice or water

3 tablespoons brown sugar

Butterscotch sauce (see below)


Peel pears with a vegetable peeler and cut each in half leaving the stem attached to one of the halves. Scoop out the seed from the center with a melon baller.

Place pear halves in a baking pan, drizzle with lemon juice, pear juice and sugar. Place a piece of butter in each pear cavity. Cover and bake at 350℉ until the pears are soft but hold their shape.

Butterscotch sauce

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup corn syrup

1 cup light brown sugar

2/3 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine butter, corn syrup and sugar in a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook about 3 minutes on low heat.

Add cream and vanilla and stir to combine.

Place 2 pear halves on each dessert plate, drizzle with warm butterscotch sauce and garnish with a leaf or two of mint.



  • carola says:

    Hi Dina
    Played golf today at Harvest and was given the OK to pick up windfall pears. This shall be on my menu tomorrow.
    ps – Couldn’t find any decent corn today to make the chowder. I’ll try the market tomorrow.

    • Dina says:

      How fun Carola to get the pears. Let me know how it worked out for you. Regarding corn, I bought good corn at My Country Garden fruit stand on KLO, you can try it if you are in the neighbourhood. Thanks for the comment, talk soon.