Caramelized Pear and Bacon Sundaes

by Heather on January 31, 2012

Yep, I went there.  I did this.  And I’m not ashamed.

But really Heather?  BACON and PEARS in a SUNDAE?  WhoWhatWhyWhenWhereHow?!

Who?  You.  And me.  Obviously.


What?  OK OK I’ll spell it out:  make this sundae.  STAT.


When?  Immediately if possible…but I’ll give you the time to go gather ingredients if you must.


Where?  Who cares?  Although you will need a stove, so I’m assuming kitchen might be easiest.


Why?  Because, despite the weirdness that you may be feeling right now, this will rock your everloving sundae world.  Trust me.  I don’t write in Italics for no reason.


How?  Read on – I’ll tell you!


This makes enough for two sundaes, but can easily be doubled to accommodate more!

  • 2 green or red Anjou pears (you can really use whatever you like, but these have the best texture for this recipe)
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • vanilla ice cream

In a pan over medium low heat cook the bacon until crisp; reserve all of the drippings (or about 1-2 Tbsp).  Hey, I never called this health food!  While the bacon is cooking peel, core, and chop the pears into small pieces.  When the bacon is done, remove from the pan and immediately brush lightly with maple syrup; let cool.  In the same pan toss in the pears and sprinkle with sugar.  Give it a quick stir to combine the sugar and move it all to one layer, then let it sit and start cooking.  You want it to start browning (aka caramelizing).  Rather than stir, shake the pan to toss the pears and move them around.  When they are tender and browned remove from heat and immediately pour the pears over a healthy bed of vanilla ice cream.  Chop the bacon and sprinkle on top or, if you’re like me, leave it straight and use it as a stir-stick.  Whatever…this is YOUR sundae!



Creamy, cold, bacony goodness – and there’s fruit so, you know, it’s not that bad for you.  I think.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free January 31, 2012

Bahahaha!!! I cracked up laughing during this post-tooo funny!


2 Kellie @ Blackboard Kitchen January 31, 2012

I am dying to know what your inspiration was here. Seriously. Sounds weird. And delicious. Totally up my alley.


3 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables January 31, 2012

wow, where did this idea even come from? But i can definitely see how this would appeal to my obsession for all things salty & sweet.


4 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau January 31, 2012

Everything about this is perfect. But that recipe would be a single serving up in here!


5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 31, 2012

Oh boy. This just blew any summer sundae out of the water!


6 Urban Wife January 31, 2012

How unique! I have to make this out of sheer curiosity.


7 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 31, 2012

Wow– wild woman. I don’t doubt that it’s amazing though :-)


8 Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture January 31, 2012

mmmm what an awesome combination!


9 Deanna B. January 31, 2012

No one should ever be ashamed of adding bacon to anything. I’m pretty sure it goes against the food lovers credo: If something is good, bacon will make it better.


10 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 31, 2012

Oohh, this looks amazing!! I swear, bacon goes with anything. ANYTHING!


11 d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo January 31, 2012

YUM! I bet it would be good with greek yogurt too (esp if you used full fat yogurt!!)


12 sara January 31, 2012

Um, awesomeness! This looks incredible!!


13 Beth @kitchen minions January 31, 2012

I have been on such a bacon kick this looks so tasty!


14 Delishhh January 31, 2012

wow – this does sound really good!


15 The Food Hunter January 31, 2012

Oh my this looks fabulous


16 Barbara | Creative Culinary January 31, 2012

I’ve made my own maple/bourbon bacon. It was meant for this dessert.


17 BBQ Bill February 1, 2012

that lookslike a great combination… hey can you go wrong with bacon?


18 Javelin Warrior February 3, 2012

This sundae is stunning! What a unique combination and presentation… I have featured your post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks for the inspiration…


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