This elegant dessert features charred spiced pears accompanied by a unique smoky vanilla-cherry sauce. It’s a sophisticated blend of flavors that’s sure to impress your guests.


For the Pears:

  • 4 ripe but firm pears, halved and cored
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Smoky Vanilla-Cherry Sauce:

  • 1 cup cherries, pitted (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke

To Serve:

  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Prepare the pears: In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Brush this mixture over the cut sides of the pear halves.
  3. Place the pear halves, cut side down, on the grill. Grill for about 4-5 minutes or until they have nice char marks and are slightly softened.
  4. Meanwhile, make the smoky vanilla-cherry sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cherries, water, and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook until the cherries are soft and the sauce has slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and liquid smoke. Let the sauce cool slightly, then blend it until smooth using a blender or immersion blender.
  6. To serve, place two grilled pear halves on each plate. Drizzle with the smoky vanilla-cherry sauce.
  7. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream to each serving.
  8. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.
  9. Serve the Charred Spiced Pears with Smoky Vanilla-Cherry Sauce warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 250-300
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 2g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • Serves: 4

This dessert not only tastes wonderful but also presents beautifully, making it perfect for special occasions or as an elegant finish to a gourmet meal. The combination of the warm, spiced pears with the rich, smoky sauce creates a delightful contrast of flavors and textures.

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