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Spiced Caramelized Pears

This easy but elegant dessert features fresh vanilla bean, but don’t throw away the pod when you’re done. Dry it and pack it in some sugar for vanilla sugar anytime.

Serves 4
Ready in 13 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 8 mins
430 calories per serving


> 1 vanilla bean
> 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese or crème fraîche
> 1 tbsp lemon juice
> 4 Bosc pears
> 3 tbsp butter
> 1/4 cup sugar
> 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
> 1/4 tsp ground ginger


With tip of paring knife, split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. With side of knife, scrape out seeds and place in a medium bowl (reserve vanilla bean halves). To bowl, add the mascarpone cheese and lemon juice. Stir to combine and set aside.
Halve the pears lengthwise and core.
In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the butter, reserved vanilla bean halves, and 2 tbsp water on medium-low, until butter melts. Add pears and turn to coat in butter mixture. Cook 2 min., turning pears over occasionally.
Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon, and ginger around the pears, stirring into cooking liquid. Cover skillet and cook 3–4 min., until pears are tender. Uncover and turn all pear halves cut-sides down. Cook 1 min., until pears are caramelized, stirring occasionally. Transfer 2 pear halves to each of 4 bowls. Spoon some cooking liquid over pears. Top with spoonfuls of vanilla mascarpone.

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