Friday, January 10, 2014

Vanilla Glazed Pears

My husband has taken over again.  Not that I mind.  I only mind when his recipes turn out this amazing.  I am beginning to have hallucinations of him coming up with better recipes than me.  We can't let that happen!!

We are in the midst of this freezing cold spell, and a few days ago, my husband wanted "something sweet".  I didn't feel like baking anything, and he wanted pears.  Again, we were both unwilling to brave the cold, so he looked through the pantry and found a big can of canned pears.  I told him, "there ya go...dessert"!  Immediately he said, "I can come up with a recipe with these".  I told him to go for it.  And you guys, he transformed these canned peaches into the most amazing dessert!  I hate pears, in fact, I loathe most fruit.  I ate TWO PEARS!  He served this with vanilla ice cream and the beautiful syrup it makes, OH!  Drool worthy. 

Sometimes, you have to work with what you have.  I loved that he took these canned pears and made them into something I would happily serve at a fancy dinner party.  I mean VERY happily.  And to answer your questions, no, you can't make this with fresh pears.  I mean you could, I suppose, but that would be an entirely different recipe, and would take longer than the 8 minutes this took.  This is a convenient kind of recipe, that you will make over and over.  So to my husband, "Thank you honey"!  You are the fizz in my soda!  Oh wait, I think I was supposed to stop drinking soda.  Oh snap.

Here is what you will need:
29 ounce can of pears in LIGHT syrup (pieces, halves, whatever is fine) do NOT drain
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsps. brown sugar
2 tbsp. good vanilla extract

In a medium nonstick skillet, melt butter, and brown sugar, while continuously whisking.   Add in all of the pear juice from your can of pears, and whisk, add in pears in a single layer and let the mixture simmer until reduced by about half.  When it becomes a nice thickened syrup, add vanilla and gently stir. 

Serve over or under vanilla ice cream, and weep my friends!  What a delish little dessert..  Three cheers for hubs!

Your "I ate pears, and I LIKED it!" Chefwannabe