By Kansas Living

Pear Sundaes

Pear Sundaes


  • 2 lbs. of your favorite ripened pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • ½ cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • vanilla ice cream


Combine pears, water, sugars, lemon juice, zest, cinnamon stick and salt in 4-6 quart slow cooker; cover. Cook on high heat setting for 4-5 hours or on low heat setting for 5-6 hours, until fruit is fork-tender. Using a potato masher, crush fruit to chunky consistency.

To make dippers, preheat oven 375° F. Place puff pastry sheet onto lightly floured work surface; unfold and cut along folds into thirds, then cut each third into 1-inch strips. Place puff pastry strips onto parchment-lined baking sheet; using a pastry brush, brush with melted butter then sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown; cool.

Serve warm apple-pear sauce over vanilla ice cream with dippers on the side.

Provided in partnership with From the Land of Kansas.