Sea Salted Caramel Pears

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Author Notes: This recipe is inspired by an image I saw on the Google and adapted from every caramel apple recipe on earth. You can make your own caramel, but sometimes lazy is just as good. This would be fun to do with about 6 very small pears, in which case I might use a thinner stick. These treats will be sure to make merry and ward away the goblins at your next Hallowe'en bash. - mrslarkinmrslarkin

Food52 Review: What a clever, solid recipe: It’s so simple to create a great caramel coating by combining quality caramels with cream -- brilliant! Pairing this with pears makes a refreshing switch from the usual apples. Then, from top to bottom, with sea salt and cinnamon sticks, the finishing touches are stellar. This recipe gets my two thumbs up! (And the friendly reminder in the tag to brush your teeth sounds like advice from the perfect mom. One of the most memorable trick-or-treats my son received each year from a neighbor was an actual toothbrush.) - Sagegreen A&M

Serves 3

  • 3 medium pears, about 3” by 2”, not too firm, not too ripe
  • 3 sturdy 3½“ cinnamon sticks, or strong maple or oak twigs
  • 8 ounces good-quality caramels (I use Werther’s)
  • 4 teaspoons heavy cream
  • coarse sea salt, or have your salt grinder at the ready
  • three 4½” squares of waxed paper
  1. Wash pears and dry very well. Pinch off the stems. Carefully push cinnamon sticks into tops of pears. Set aside.
  2. Line a cookie sheet or large dinner plate with parchment paper and set near saucepan.
  3. Place salt in a small shallow dish and set near saucepan.
  4. Place caramels and heavy cream in small saucepan and melt over low heat.
  5. When caramel is smooth, take one pear at a time and as deftly as possible, dunk into caramel, tilting saucepan and spooning mixture as needed, covering ¾ of the pear. It looks nice if some of the green/red skin is showing.
  6. Quickly lean your pear into the salt, covering just a small area. Don’t overdo the sea salt. Gently run a spatula under bottom of pear to scrape off excess. Place pear on parchment. Repeat with remaining pears. Or, instead of dipping into the coarse salt, you can grind a dusting of salt over the coated pear for a finer finish, which I prefer.
  7. Pour any leftover caramel onto some waxed paper, grind some salt over, and refrigerate until firm. This is the cook’s treat.
  8. Chill pears in refrigerator for about an hour. Transfer each pear to a wax paper square and place on serving plate.
  9. Happy Hallowe’en!
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Tags: can be made ahead, Easy, fruit, Halloween

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

I had forgotten this incredible recipe - should be the winner this time. Yes.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

just saw this. Belated thanks, Liz!

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

These look perfect for a fair! Salt and caramel go so well together.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thank you BKR!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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I never saw this before, its perfect fair food. The use of pears (my favorite fruit) is brilliant and I love the cinnamon sticks to hold onto.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you sdebrango!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Wow! So glad u replayed this! It will go great with my hot damn! cider this fall.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks lg! I'll have to check out the cider! Sounds intriguing!!

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almost 4 years ago theyearinfood

Clever is the perfect word to describe this. Love it.

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you!

Bike2

about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, mrslarkin for a fine recipe. The finishing touches are especially brilliant! Love this recipe. Love your tag, too. Written like a true mom. One mom in our neighborhood gives out toothbrushes on Halloween, not candy.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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You are so welcome, Sagegreen. Have fun with this one! Fyi, the salt can be stubborn and not stick well if not working quickly enough towards the end. Enjoy!

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about 4 years ago MFeats

These look *wonderful*!!! I love the cinnamon sticks in the photo, and am absolutely trying this recipe this weekend!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, MFeats! Let me know how it goes.

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about 4 years ago gingerroot

These look beautiful and delicious!!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you gingerroot!!

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about 4 years ago lance_mcnulty

This was the perfect use for my fresh pears. My daughter thanks you.
P.S. I smoked my sea salt. Yummy.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Wow! That is so great! Oh, smoked sea salt - very swanky! I'm really glad you guys liked it!!

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about 4 years ago cheese1227

Hi Mrs. Larkin. These are lovely!! Are you having a good pear season up there? Seems as if a fungus got the lot of them down here.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, cheese1227. I honestly don't remember the origin of these - picked them up at the A&P. I'll ask the farmers on Sunday.

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about 4 years ago arielleclementine

these are beautiful!!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, arielleclementine!

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about 4 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

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Wow. MrsLarkin, you've outdone yourself. I'm going to make these out of Seckel pears - the perfect size for a dinner party, and with a side of ice cream and a little cookie -- oh lordy. Thanks for a great recipe.

Bike2

about 4 years ago Sagegreen

I had been thinking of candied seckel pears earlier! But these are just perfect! What a great recipe. Love the salt! Thanks.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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You are welcome! MrsW, the dinner party idea sound so great!! Maybe cinnamon ice cream and a clove cookie? I can just picture that arrangement at a fine-dining establishment, and costing scads of money! Sagegreen, thanks so much! You are a tremendous inspiration.

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about 4 years ago JoanG

What a winning combination!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, JoanG!!

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about 4 years ago Constrained Cook

Pears are my favorite and this is a nice departure from the usual caramel apple. I also love the cinnamon stick stems. I will have to try this!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks Constrained Cook! Let me know how it turns out for you!

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about 4 years ago TiggyBee

These look so delicious!! I love the tooth brushing advise too!!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, TiggyBee! Teeth are important, too!

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

Pears and caramel, a new combo for me - sounds yummy!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Liz! They are yummy!

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about 4 years ago dymnyno

These sound amazing.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Mary!

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about 4 years ago tiptoesinthekitchen

these are pretty and very creative!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks!!

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about 4 years ago lapadia

Beautiful picture and great idea! Will you sell these with your scones?

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you! I have a market on Halloween day, so yes, I might do that!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

OH! Here these are, again....:) Yum, Yum!

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about 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

So cute!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks!!