Broiled Caramelized Pears with Toasted Almonds

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Lighter, Quicker, Better: Cooking for the Way We Eat Today

Lighter, Quicker, Better

By Richard Sax and Marie Simmons

Published 2000

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This dessert is made in minutes. It’s an easy method that can be used with other fruits: in summer, peaches or nectarines; in winter, sliced ripe pineapple.


  • 3 ripe Bartlett, Anjou, or Comice pears, scrubbed, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sliced unblanched almonds
  • ½ cup lowfat vanilla yogurt


    1. Place the broiler rack about 3 inches from source of heat. Heat the broiler.
    2. Arrange the pears in a shallow flameproof dish in slightly-overlapping rows or concentric circles. Sprinkle with some of the brown sugar.
    3. Broil until the sugar has caramelized and the pears begin to brown, 5 or 6 minutes. Sprinkle with the almonds and broil until golden, about 1 minute. Serve warm, topping each serving with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt.