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Candy Brandy Pears

March 26, 2011 - 9:02 am

This is right after the fruit went into the butter, before the oj was added.

This is one of my favorite desserts. The one I always want after a good meal. Just the right amount of sweetness, and warm, satisfying flavors.

Candy Brandy Pears


  • 3 – 4 pears sliced in half and cored
  • 3 – 4 T butter
  • 1 C orange juice
  • Spices; I use apple pie spice and a little ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and whatever else smells right
  • Optionally, brandy or other alcohol, to taste


Put the butter in a skillet large enough to place all of the pears face down in.

Brown butter.

Add pears, and sprinkle spices over them.

When the pears start to stick, add orange juice, 1/4 C at a time. Pour it over the pears to wash the spices into the butter.

As the liquid cooks off, keep adding the oj, and baste pears in the developing sauce regularly as they cook.

If the oj is gone and the pears are still not soft enough to eat with a spoon, start adding water in 1/4C amounts and continue basting until they soften.

Remove pears to plate, cut side up.

Add alcohol to complete the caramelization of the oj & spices into a sauce.  If you prefer not to add alcohol, a little water will also help lift any sticky bits.

Pour over pears, and serve immediately. Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream go well with this dessert.

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