Enjoy this simple and elegant fall dessert as is, or serve the pears with pound cake, ice cream, yogurt, or softly whipped cream. They’re even delicious as part of a cheese course. Bosc and Bartlett pears have an especially pretty shape, but you can use any variety except Comice (they’re too juicy) as long as they’re firm-ripe. And you can opt to make the caramel cranberry sauce with red or white wine.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Vanilla Roasted Pears with Cranberries.
1. Info for Vanilla Roasted Pears with Cranberries
- Cook Time: 1 hr 5 min
- Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
- Servings: 8
- Calories: 356.62 kcal
2. Ingredients for Vanilla Roasted Pears with Cranberries
- 8 ripe pears (large, any variety)
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (cut into chunks)
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup red wine (or white wine)
- 1 bag cranberries (fresh or frozen, 10-12 oz. per bag)
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Use a melon baller to make a hole in the bottom of each pear, then dig deeper to scoop out the core. Peel pears and cut a thin slice off the bottoms so they stand flat.
Use the tip of a paring knife to split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, then run the back of the knife along each half to scrape out the vanilla seeds. Set the seeds and scraped pod aside.
Melt the butter in a large ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the sugar and vanilla seeds and pod and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and liquid is medium amber in color, about 5 minutes.
Carefully add the wine, stirring until incorporated. Add the pears, laying them on their sides.
Cook the pears, turning occasionally, until they are almost tender, 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat. Stand pears upright in the pan and add the cranberries, nestling them into the liquid.
Bake the pears on middle rack of oven, basting occasionally and gently moving cranberries around, until pears are very tender when pierced with a paring knife and most of the cranberries have burst, 20-25 minutes.
Check to see that pears and cranberries are done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.
Cool pears in frying pan for about 10 minutes, basting occasionally. Remove the vanilla pods. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.