- 4 ripe but firmpears
- 6tablespoonsbutter, cut into pieces
- 1/4cup firmly packeddark brown sugar
- 2/3cupheavy cream
- 1teaspoonvanilla extract
- 1tablespoonScotch whiskey (optional)
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Peel the pears, cut them in half lengthwise and, using a melon baller, scoop out the cores.
- Rub them all over with the lemon half to prevent browning.
- In a large (10-inch), heavy-based, ovenproof skillet, melt the butter.
- Add the sugar and brown sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Arrange the pears in the pan, cut side down, in a single layer.
- Bake the pears uncovered, basting occasionally with the liquid in the pan, until they begin to soften and color slightly.
- Depending on the pears ripeness, baking time can range from 20 minutes to 1 hour.
- Remove the pears with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Transfer the pan to a burner and boil the mixture left behind over medium-high heat until it reaches a rich, golden-brown color and smells like caramel, 2 to 5 minute Slowly whisk the cream into the caramel until smooth.
- Add the vanilla, salt, and Scotch, if using.
- Serve the sauce over the warm pears.
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