Caramelized Pears

Select pears that are slightly underripe for this recipe, which will garnish our Goat-Cheese Tartlets with Caramelized Shallots.

  • Yield: Garnishes 12 tartlets

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer/Fall 1998


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 12 slices, each about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup Poire William or brandy
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider


  1. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pear slices; cook until slices become dark brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add the Poire William. Carefully ignite the alcohol; allow flame to burn out.

  3. Add vinegar and cider; cook until liquid has reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat, and swirl in the remaining tablespoon butter until melted. Serve immediately with the goat-cheese tartlets.


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