Butterscotch Pears Recipe
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Butterscotch Pears Recipe

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This grand finale simmers during dinner and impresses as soon as you bring it to the table. Serve as is, or with vanilla ice cream and a slice of pound cake. Leftover pear nectar is heavenly when added to sparkling wine or enjoyed on ice with breakfast. —Theresa Kreyche, Tustin, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 large firm pears
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup pear nectar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed pear half equals 209 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Cut pears in half lengthwise; remove cores. Brush pears with lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon and salt; stir in pecans. Spoon into pears; place in 4-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Combine pear nectar and honey; drizzle over pears. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Butterscotch Pears in Taste of Home December/January 2012, p92

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Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"This is a super simple, wonderfully delicious treat! I was unsure what kind of pear to use, so I tried an Anjou pear and a Red pear. I don't have a slow cooker so I baked the pears in a casserole dish covered by aluminum foil at somewhere between 175 and 180 degrees. The Anjou pear was ready at the two hour mark, while the red pear took longer. I am so excited about the results that I am thinking of all the people that would enjoy this and the look on their faces when they find out how simple it is. This would especially be great for Thanksgiving, because you wouldn't require the oven or stove top and you wouldn't have to spend all day working on it!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"This recipe has the right amount of everything and really lets the pear taste come through. Sweet but not too heavy."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"Nice healthy dessert recipe. Everyone enjoyed and it was simple to put together."

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