Caramelized Ginger Pears and Baked Brie

Homemade Caramelized Ginger Pears pair well with a round of  hot baked Brie. Serve this savory appetizer of Caramelized Ginger Pears and Baked Brie at your next party.


Makes about 4 cups
Total time: 4 Hours, 25 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 4 Hours, 25 Minutes


4 pounds firm, ripe Anjou pears, peeled and chopped
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 (8-oz.) Brie round
Gingersnaps and crackers


1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large Dutch oven, and let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, 2 hours.

2. Bring pear mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring often, 1 hour or until thickened and golden. Cool completely (about 45 minutes).

3. Trim rind from top of Brie round, leaving a 1/2-inch border on top. Place Brie round on an ovenproof plate. Spoon 1/2 cup pears over Brie round. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Serve immediately with gingersnaps and crackers.

December 2011
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