This candied spiced pears recipe is another in my series of posts in partnership with Imperial Sugar. I love working with this local sugar company. The recipe and opinions are (as always) my own!
Every year, someone lovely gives a box of pears. YOU KNOW THE ONES. I don’t eat a lot of pears, but these pears…oh my goodness. But after a week or so, the whole family is ready for a change. Last year I made Ginger Pear Muffins, which are fantastic. They were gone by day one.
This year I decided to try a Candied Spiced Pear recipe and served it over a tiny bundt cake. I think these candied pears would be phenomenal over ice cream as well. (I will also admit to eating the remains right out of the pan.)
- 1 pear
- 2 Tbs butter
- 1/4 cup Imperial Sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6-8 chopped pecans
- shake of cinnamon
- sprinkle of cayenne
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a small metal pan with nonstick spray. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. As the butter begins to melt, add the sugar and then the pears. Add the chopped pecans after the pears have cooked for a minute or two. Let simmer for a total of 4-5 minutes until the butter is frothy. Sprinkle the cinnamon and cayenne on top and remove from heat.
- Spread the mixture in the prepared pan and bake for 3-5 minutes until pears begin to brown. Remove and use while hot.
And if you’re thinking that you might just leave out the cayenne, DON’T. I mean it. Just a sprinkle. We aren’t talking fire here. We are talking about a tiny pinch. There is just something about a little bit of spice that rounds out the sweet. And these are definitely less spicy than my Chocolate Cayenne Cupcakes or the Spicy Pumpkin Bundt Cake. But if you like a bit of heat, try those too. But trust me when I say just a sprinkle of cayenne here. DO IT.
So, pears: are you in or are you out? How would you serve these Candied Spiced Pears?