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Vanilla-Coconut Pears

Yield 6 servings
Serve this warm fruit dessert as is or spoon it over praline ice cream (our recommendation), pound cake, waffles, or pancakes.


  • 3 (15-ounce) cans chopped pears, undrained (we tested with Libby's)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Drain pears, reserving 1 1/4 cups liquid. Set pears aside. Combine 1/4 cup reserved liquid with cornstarch, vanilla, and cinnamon, stirring until smooth.

  2. Combine remaining 1 cup liquid with sugar, bourbon, and butter in a small saucepan; gradually stir in cornstarch mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and sauce is thickened.

  3. Place pears in an ungreased 8" square baking dish. Pour sauce over pears; sprinkle with coconut and pecans.

  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 18 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm.

Christmas with Southern Living 2002