Roasted Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Coffee Ice Cream


Preparation and Cooking Time:  40mins
Serves:  4



1/2 vanilla bean
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 large firm-ripe pears (1 pound)

115g bittersweet chocolate
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 cup brewed coffee
2 tbsp. milk
1 tbsp. light corn syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 205 degrees C.  With tip of knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean.  Set seeds aside (reserve bean for another use).
  2. In a large ovenproof skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat until golden brown and fragrant.  Stir in vanilla seeds. Add pears, cut-side down, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned on bottom.  Transfer skillet to oven.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until pears are just tender.  Cool pears in pan to room temperature.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium microwavable bowl, combine chocolate and butter.  Microwave on medium (50 percent power) 1 1⁄2 minutes; whisk until smooth. In a saucepan, bring coffee, milk, and corn syrup just to a boil.  Whisk coffee mixture into chocolate mixture until smooth.
  4. Serve Roasted Pears with Chocolate Sauce and ice cream.


Recipe adapted from