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Pear-adise Spice Twists

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.


8 servings

Flaky, buttery pear dumplings bake on top of a sweet caramel syrup for a delicious dessert. I like to serve them alongside cinnamon ice cream. —Wendy Nickel, Kiester, Minnesota
Pear-adise Spice Twists Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 large Bosc pears
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in butter and shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide in half; wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Peel pears and cut each into eight wedges. Roll out each portion of dough into a 10x8-in. rectangle. Cut each into eight 1-in.-wide strips. Wrap each strip around a pear wedge.
  3. Place wrapped pears in an ungreased 11x7-in. baking dish. Combine brown sugar and spices; sprinkle over the top. In a small saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil; pour mixture over pear twists. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 307 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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