Stuffed Pears with Salted Caramel Sauce in an Instant Pot® – – Instantly Delicious

Stuffed Pears with Salted Caramel Sauce in an Instant Pot® -

A few months ago, I had some pears that just weren’t ripening.  I decided I would bake them with some sort of filling, in some sort of quick caramel sauce, and call it dessert.  Well, my son loved them and has periodically asked for them ever since. Since he knew we had pears, he asked me again this morning.  As a special start-of-spring-break-treat, I decided to make them. I also decided I would use my ​Instant Pot® pressure cooker, ​because I have made cheesecake and rice pudding, but not any fruit-based desserts.
Stuffed Pears with Salted Caramel Sauce in an Instant Pot® -

The ​Stuffed Pears with Salted Caramel Sauce in the Instant Pot® were amazing. I even impressed myself.  The filling is almost like cookie dough, the pears are tender, and the sauce has the perfect balance of salty and sweet.  If you do not use dairy, feel free to replace the butter with a non-dairy spread or coconut oil. Make sure that your pears are not too ripe, or they might burst under pressure.  They should be firm.  Also, this recipe is cooked under low pressure, and I used the natural pressure release method, to ensure the pears would cook as gently as possible.
Stuffed Pears with Salted Caramel Sauce
Serves 4

2 D’Anjou pears  (or any ripe, but firm pear)
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup sugar
​1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
​1/4 cup raisins
​1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup rolled oats
​1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
​1 teaspoon vanilla

​1. Cut pears in half.  Using a melon baller or tablespoon, remove the seeds in the center, forming a small, round well.  Optional: remove any stems or the parts of the bottom that are inedible. 

​2. Using a food processor, combine 1 tablespoon of butter with the raisins, walnuts, oats, cinnamon and vanilla.  Pulse until the mixture is the texture of a coarse meal.  Divide evenly among the pears.

​3. Set the Instant Pot® to saute and combine sugar and 2 tablespoons of water.  Stir to combine and then allow to cook, stirring occasionally  until it reaches a deep amber color. This should take about 7 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup water.  It will separate and bubble, which is fine.  Stir well.

​4. Carefully arrange the pears on the caramel sauce and set the pot to manual – LOW PRESSURE.  Adjust the time to 9 minutes, making sure the vent is set to sealing.  When finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick pressure release by setting the valve to venting.  Gently remove the pears and set aside.

​5. Set the pot to saute, and allow the sauce to reduce for about 10 minutes.  It will return to the original consistency and deep amber color.  Carefully whisk in 2 tablespoons butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

​5. To serve, place pears on a plate, drizzle with the salted caramel sauce. ​Serve warm.




2/15/2018 10:30:21 am

I made this yesterday as our Valentine’s Day dessert and my husband and I loved it! The pear and filling are delicious but not overly sweet, making the salted caramel sauce just perfect to drizzle on top. This is only the second thing I’ve made in my new Instant Pot and it turned out so great. I was worried when my sugar made a hard baked-on coating inside my pot during the first saute step, but after the pears were pressure cooked I was relieved to see the pot was nice and clean 🙂 Thank you for sharing this recipe!


2/15/2018 05:19:11 pm

Hooray! I am glad you liked this recipe.


Monica Walsh
4/15/2018 07:02:52 am

This was the best healthy dessert I have ever made. Followed timings exactly and turned out perfect!


4/16/2018 01:30:26 pm

Thanks so much, Monica. So glad you liked it!


1/9/2019 08:08:54 pm

Fail. The pears cooked just fine, but the “caramel sauce turned out like hard candy.


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