The easiest pear dessert ever

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 dessert ever: just pears simmered with a little sugar, but so delicious

The easiest dessert ever: just pears simmered with a little sugar, but so delicious

The easiest pear dessert ever

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 pear
  • a spoonful or two of sugar
  • up to ¼ of a cup of water

Directions

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Remove the pears and, if necessary, simmer the sauce for a bit longer if you want to thicken it.
  6. Pour the sauce over the pears and serve.

The easiest dessert ever: just pears simmered with a little sugar

The easiest dessert ever:
just pears simmered with a little sugar

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