This recipe takes advantage of crisp winter pears that are roasted with butter, sugar and vanilla to enhance their sweet flavor. This is an impressive dessert to serve at your next dinner party, and your guests will never know how easy it is to make.....unless you tell them.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean, slit in half
- 1 1/2 pounds slightly-under-ripe, fragrant, medium pears, peeled if desired, halved though the stem and cored (Bosc or Bartlett)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter