Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

It’s the holiday season, so that means it’s also dessert season.  Whether you’re having company, or just treating yourself, this poached pear recipe with chocolate sauce and ice cream is going to be a hit. The long name makes it sound kind of complicated, but it’s really easy.

First, you poach the pears by letting them simmer gently in a bit of sugar and water.  Let them cool off a bit, then put them on a plate with ice cream and drizzle chocolate syrup over them.  It feels like you’re doing something fancy for company, but you don’t have to share!

Pears were on sale this week(three pounds for only three dollars!), and I just couldn’t resist making this recipe.  I used Bosc pears  but Bartlett or Anjou will work just fine.

The pears were exceptionally sweet, and that plus the sugar, and the ice cream made the original recipe (from The New York Times cookbook), a bit cloying.  Sweet is good, but not that sweet, so I reduced the sugar.  The full amount of sugar is 1/4 cup.  Use that if your pears aren’t that good.  If you have sweet, juicy pears, cut the sugar by a teaspoon or two.

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: French

one serving

poached pears with chocolate sauce and ice cream

Poached pears with chocolate sauce and ice cream. A fancy-looking dessert that's easy to make.


  • 1 pear
  • 2/3 C water
  • 1/4 C sugar, minus one or two teaspoons
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla extract
  • One scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup (a teaspoon or two)


  1. Peel the pear, cut it in half, and remove the core with a paring knife.
  2. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan (less than one quart) and stir the mixture to combine them together.
  3. Turn the flame to medium and bring the sugar/water mixture to a boil.
  4. Once it's boiling, add the pear halves, and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  5. Let them simmer for three minutes. Turn the halves over and then simmer for another two minutes. Test to see if they're soft enough. If they are, a small knife should go through the pieces easily.
  6. Add the vanilla extract, stir it into the mixture and let everything cool for 15-20 minutes.
  7. To serve, add a scoop of ice cream to a plate, then the pear halves, then drizzle chocolate syrup (or hot fudge sauce) on top.


This takes about 15 minutes to cook, but allow time for the pear halves to cool off after you cook them.

Substitutions and Variations for Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

  • Sprinkle some sliced or slivered almonds on top of the pears
  • Poach the pears with a pinch of ginger and a slice of lemon
  • Make your own hot chocolate sauce: combine 1/2 C cocoa, 1 C sugar, 1 C light corn syrup, 1/2 C light cream, 1/4 tsp salt, and 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan.  Cook on medium heat.  Stir the mixture constantly until it boils.  When it’s boiling merrily, you can cut back to stirring only occasionally. Let it boil for three minutes.  Take the pan off the burner and add  1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Serve the sauce warm over the pears.  You can store the rest in the refrigerator and serve it with more pears, or over ice cream. Or, be really decadent and serve it over small batch brownies.

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Easy Pear Crepe Dessert Recipe for One Person

This easy pear crepe dessert recipe is ready in just a few minutes, without a lot of fuss and bother.  It’s nearly winter, the temperatures are dropping, and it’s the perfect time for a holiday treat.

The pears were still fresh at the greenmarket, so I pounced.

You’re probably wondering how the words “crepe” and easy go together. After all, crepes are a bit of a pain to make from scratch. It takes a bit of work to get going (even if you’re accustomed to it) and it’s not really practical to make just one.

The secret is that I didn’t use a standard crepe recipe, or even a crepe recipe at all.  I used a very thin, whole wheat tortilla instead.  That meant I could cook it quickly, and didn’t have to worry about extra crepes lying around.

The rest of the tortillas will be used for another day’s dessert, for wraps, and turkey enchiladas (next week’s recipe). And, since the tortilla is sturdier than a real crepe, it holds together better, and I can fill it with more pear! I haven’t tried it yet, but it might also work well with bananas.

Easy Pear Crepe Recipe for One

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: French

pear dessert crepe

Pear crepe recipe with cinnamon and sugar


  • 2-3 tsp butter
  • 1 small pear (or half a large one), cored and sliced
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • splash of brandy (optional)
  • one whole wheat tortilla


  1. Melt the butter in an 8 inch skillet.
  2. Add the sliced pear and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
  3. Add the splash of brandy, if using
  4. Saute the pears until tender
  5. Remove the pear mixture and set aside.
  6. Add the tortilla to pan. Add more butter if necessary.
  7. Cook for 30 seconds, then flip with kitchen tongs, and cook another 30 seconds or so on the other side.
  8. Put the pears back in the pan, on top of the tortilla.
  9. Cook about 30 seconds to reheat the pears.
  10. Fold the crepe over the pears and remove to a plate with a spatula.
  11. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.


The pears I used were an experimental variety with no name yet. Bartlett or Bosc pears would work just fine.

This recipe is an easy way to give yourself a holiday treat. It can easily be increased if you have company.

Single Serving Pear Crepe Dessert Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • try pear brandy instead of standard brandy
  • serve topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • add a pinch of ginger to the cinnamon/pear/sugar mixture
  • drizzle the crepe with chocolate syrup

Tools and Ingredients for this Pear Crepe Dessert Recipe

oxo kitchen tongsoxo kitchen tongsKitchen tongs

These tongs are great for flipping tortillas, turning steaks, or transferring chicken or fish cutlets from pan to plates. They lock in place when you put them away, so they won’t take up lots of space in your drawer or gadget holder.


cuisinart skillet
Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 8-Inch Skillet

This is a classic, simple frying pan that’s just the right size for tortillas, a couple of fried eggs, fajitas, or vegetables. It’s not non-stick, but I found that my non-stick pans started peeling (!) and and didn’t hold up so I got rid of them. This is better. Turn the flame on, heat the pan, add the oil or butter, and then add your food. You can even put it in the oven (just don’t broil it).

Check out these Single Serving and Small Batch Dessert Recipes

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

Cinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

Small Batch Brownies with Cocoa Powder