Caramel Cardamom Roasted Pears

Yield: Makes 24 Servings


  • 2 cups Butter
  • 1 quart Brown sugar
  • 6-7 Cardamom pods*
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 1/2 cups Rum if desired**
  • 3 quarts or 48 halves Pacific Northwest Canned Pears halves drained
  • 24 1/2-cup servings Vanilla ice cream
  • Optional: 1 1/2 cups Toasted pecans or macadamia nuts chopped

    In a large sauté pan melt butter; add brown sugar and cardamom pods* and bring to a boil. Add lemon juice and rum, if desired, and simmer sauce 3-4 minutes. Place Pear halves in a half-size steamtable pan and pour caramel over pears in pan. Gently toss to coat with sauce. Place pan with pears in a pre-heated 400°F. conventional or 350°F. convection oven and cook 15-18 minutes. Remove pears from oven and discard cardamom pods. Keep pears warm until ready to serve. Serve 2 pear halves and 2-3 Tbsp. sauce per serving over vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. nuts. *1/2 tsp. ground cardamom can replace the pods ** Whiskey, scotch or a liqueur could be used instead.

    NUTRITION (Per Serving)
    Calories: 663
    Calories from Fat: 337
    Fat: 37g
    Saturated Fat: 20g
    Cholesterol: 107mg
    Sodium: 242mg
    Carbohydrate: 79g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 68g
    Protein: 7g
    Vitamin A: 22% DV
    Vitamin C: 10% DV
    Calcium: 23% DV
    Potassium: 14% DV
    Iron: 6% DV