Caramelized pears is an easy-to-make dessert that only requires two ingredients and about 20 minutes to prepare, or try pears and dried cherries with chocolate sauce for a simple, yet elegant, treat after dinner. Both recipes use common ingredients and require minimal skills to prepare.
To make four servings of caramelized pears, slice 4 pears lengthwise, and remove the cores with a small spoon. Martha Stewart recommends the red Bartlett variety. Dip each pear half into a plate with 1/3 cup sugar, and cook in a preheated skillet over medium heat for about eight minutes. When the pears begin to brown, add 1/2 cup of water, and simmer the mixture until the pears are tender, usually about seven minutes. The liquid should have a thin but not watery consistency and is served over the pears.
Pears and dried cherries with chocolate sauce also uses 4 red Bartlett pears, split lengthwise and cored, but the pears should be peeled for this dish. Lay the pears along the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish along with 1/2 cup of dried cherries and 1/4 cup of water. Bake, covered, at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. During the last 10 minutes of baking, stir 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup and 3 ounces of semisweet chocolate, broken in pieces, in a small saucepan over low heat for three minutes. Blend 1/3 cup of heavy cream into the melted chocolate, and serve the sauce warm over the baked pears.