Lemon Poached Pears with Salted Caramel

When we head to the Seattle area, on the way back to Idaho we always stop at this neat produce store just outside of Yakima, Washington. They have some of the best produce around and this time was no different. The wife found some amazing pears and as usual her eyes were bigger than her stomach which left us with a lot of leftover pears. So to the test kitchen I went. Wow, rereading that last sentence makes me want to have a test kitchen. If I didn’t have to feed those teens a test kitchen could be a possibility.

Lemon Poached Pears


  • 4 Pears peeled with stems left on
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest


  1. Have a pot big enough to hold the pears and add the water, sugar, lemon juice, lemon slices and lemon zest. Bring to a boil.

  2. Once boiling add the peeled pears and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender. To check for doneness, use the tip of a knife and pierce the bottom of the pear

  3. Allow pears to cool and then drizzle with the salted caramel sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  1. In a saucepan, heat the water and sugar over medium heat stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.

  2. Once sugar has dissolved, increase the heat to high and bring sugar mixture to a boil.

  3. Allow to boil until the mixture turns an amber color. This took about 8 minutes with my stove. Yours may take less or more but when it turns amber remove from the heat

  4. Whisk in the cream slowly. The sugar mixture will boil up so be careful

  5. Once the cream has been mixed add the butter, salt and vanilla and incorporate. 

  6. Pour the caramel sauce into a mason jar or a bowl, cover and then store in the refrigerator. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

I went to my trusty bible… The Flavor Bible and looked up pears. I immediately saw caramel and lemon. Caramel and lemon sounded like the perfect match for these wonderful pears. I have also been on a poaching kick lately so I figured I would poach the pears with lemon juice and water, then finish it off with a homemade caramel sauce.  Oh yeah… salted caramel sauce I had my taste testers, Landon and Colton, come down and try it out. They loved it so much. Landon would not stop eating them and I thought Cole was going to get into a fight with him right there in the kitchen. You just have to love brothers… how many more years until they move out? Thanks for stopping by Life44… Live, laugh, love & learn. Products Used for this recipe. Help support our site! As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

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