Presbyterian Pears

Posted: August 28th, 2011 under Family favorites.

Delicious pears

A lovely woman from my church gave our family a large bucket of pears.  The skins were mottled and spotted, but inside the flesh was firm, sweet, and juicy.  I knew exactly what to do with this gift!  I would make for my family one of our favorite dishes, which I shall call “Presbyterian Pears”.

Presbyterian Pears

8 – 10 firm pears

4 T butter

1/2 sugar

1/2 c. rum

Peeled and sliced

1. Peel the pears.  Remove the core, and slice them into quarters or sixths.  Because these were large pears, I cut them  into sixths.  Each slice should be thick enough to hold up in cooking.

2.  Melt 4 tablespoons of butter is a large pan over medium-high heat.

3.  Spread the pear slices onto the melted butter.  You want the slices to make good contact with the surface.  Do not overcrowd the pan!

Stir gently!

4. Stir them gently, to prevent sticking.  Not too vigorously, or you will reduce the pears to pear sauce.  That would be good, too, but that is not my goal.

5.  Brown the pears on one side, then flip them gently!  Aim for nicely caramelized pears – that’s where the flavor is!

Lovely, caramelized color is the goal!

6.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar over the pears.  By now they will have released a lot of juice.  While the second side caramelizes, the sugar and butter and juice will reduce to a fabulous sauce.

7.  When the second side has caramelized, pour in 1/2 cup rum.  Allow the rum to cook down.  The aroma is fabulous.  At this point the family will come running to see if supper is ready.

We love these pears served with ham, pork tenderloin, smoked turkey sausage, or (best of all) spooned over vanilla ice cream.

Baptists may omit the rum! If your pears are sweet, the cooked pears will still be delicious!

Thank you, April, for the lovely gift.  We thoroughly enjoyed them!


  1. All good Baptists know that alcohol cooks out. Hopefully…maybe not hopefully but we can say that we hope so!! 😉

    Comment by paige — August 28, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

  2. Paige,
    Thank you for not being scandalized!

    Comment by admin — August 29, 2011 @ 5:10 am

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