Do you find yourself eating more pears in the fall and winter? I know I do. And for some reason, I can’t seem to resist buying those cute little seckel pears when I see them at the market.
Although they are great for eating, they always fit perfectly into desserts. These luscious pears are baked into buttery puffed pastry sprinkled with brown sugar, strewn with crunchy pecans and drizzled with a warm sweet and salty butterscotch sauce. A perfect fall or winter dessert for sure!
These are really easy and quick to make.
Just cut out the pastry to fit your baking vessel. Brush the pastry with some melted butter. Sprinkle on the brown sugar and pecans. And fan out your pears and lay them on top.
While they are baking, make the butterscotch sauce. No candy thermometers necessary. The ingredients go into a saucepan and this creamy, sweet, buttery, salty sauce is ready in 10 minutes!
The before and after: Here are the pastries right out of the oven, waiting to be drizzled. And covered in warm, sticky sweetness.
While I’m calling this a dessert, I’m not ashamed to tell you that I ate it for breakfast, too.
I think this would be great with apples, too. Not a fan of pecans? Use walnuts! And feel free to add a scoop of ice cream if that is your thing!
This is a great way to use up those pears that are becoming soft. A special treat for breakfast or brunch. And perfect to serve your guests around the holidays.
- 4 seckel pears, peeled, cored, cut in half
- 1 package of puffed pastry (2 sheets)
- 4 teaspoons of pourable brown sugar
- 4 Tablespoons of chopped pecans
- 4 Tablespoons of butter, melted
- For The Butterscotch Sauce:
- ¼ cup of butter
- ¼ cup of half and half
- ¼ cup of sugar
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- a big pinch of salt
- For the Butterscotch Sauce:
- Place the butter, half and half, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a small sauce pan.
- Whisk over med-high heat until the ingredients are combined.
- Continue to warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 6-7 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt..
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Open the puff pastry dough.
- Cut 4 circles large enough to fit your baking vessel. (Roll out the dough slightly if needed)
- Lightly butter the baking dishes.
- Lay the pastry into each dish.
- Brush melted butter over the pastry.
- Sprinkle each pastry with a teaspoon of brown sugar and a Tablespoon of pecans.
- Make several slices on the lower ⅔ of the pears and gently fan them out.
- Place 2 pear halves on top of each pastry.
- Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a pinch of granulated sugar.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is puffed and pastry and pears are lightly golden.
- Drizzle butterscotch sauce over each and enjoy.
As you eat a piece of fruit, give thanks to the farmer who planted the tree.