This is an ideal dessert for one: take a pear, cut it in half, add a little sugar and cook it for a few minutes. It’s easy, very quick and has just enough sugar to satisfy a late-night sweet tooth without creating too much work.
The easiest pear dessert ever
- 1 pear
- a spoonful or two of sugar
- up to ¼ of a cup of water
- Cut the pear in half and use a teaspoon or a melonballer to scoop out the middle of the core. (See that nice round shape in the middle of each pear? A melonball scoop did that.)
- Sprinkle sugar over the cut side of each of the pear halves so that all the exposed pear flesh is coated. It can take a couple of spoonfuls. Leave any excess sugar on the pear: don’t shake it off.
- Place the pear halves sugared-side down onto a moderately hot pan. Let them cook for about 5 or 10 minutes, until the sugar starts to caramelise. The longer you leave it, the more golden brown it will be, but also the closer you come to accidentally making toffee!
- Once the melted sugar is the colour you want, add a small amount of water, and cover the pan and let the pears simmer until they are soft. This can take up to 10 minutes.
- Remove the pears and, if necessary, simmer the sauce for a bit longer if you want to thicken it.
- Pour the sauce over the pears and serve.