A simple and elegant dessert, Chuck Hughes' caramelized pears are sure to please any crowd.
Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Melt the butter, and then add the pears, cut-side down, cooking until they are slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and continue cooking until caramelized, another 5 minutes. Add the bourbon, if using, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
Divide the pears among 4 plates, garnish with a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of the caramel sauce and crumbled graham crackers.
Cook's Note: Depending on the season, pears can be replaced by peaches, nectarines, apricots or plums.
Serves: 4 (does not include ice cream or graham crackers); Calories: 282; Total Fat: 12 grams; Saturated Fat: 7 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Total carbohydrates: 45 grams; Sugar: 35 grams; Fiber: 5.5 grams; Cholesterol: 30 milligrams; Sodium: 8 milligrams