I had a pear from last week’s produce basket that was right at that almost over ripe stage. And you know I can’t bear to let organic produce go to waste. So, I sliced it in half, leaving the stem on for aesthetic value. Then I placed it cut-side up in a small sauté pan, sizzling with a teaspoon of butter, and lightly sprinkled it with ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon.
At this point, I took a deep, slow breathe and let the aroma linger. Then I evenly sprinkled it with a teaspoon of raw sugar and gently flipped the pear halves over onto their cut sides. After adding two small splashes of brandy to the pan, I swirled the pear halves in the brandy as the sugar caramelized against the warm fruit.
I served mine in a large tea cup and ate it with a small spoon, so I could savor each morsel. You could split the dessert onto two small plates and share with your date, if you’re feeling generous. Otherwise, you may want to find another pear.