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Caramelized Pear Pie Filling Recipe

Caramelized Pear Pie Filling Recipe is full of tender pears drenched in brown sugar and cinnamon. It makes a great topping or a great dessert on its own.

90 degree angle of bowl of pear pie filling with pear

Caramelized Pear Pie Filling is swimming in a warm sweet gooey brown sugar and cinnamon sauce that compliments so many recipes or absolutely delicious on its own.

Pears are one of those beautiful fruits that I crave. I love eating a fresh pear, pear desserts, or salads with pears such as Chicken Pear Salad with Goat Cheese.

I grew up with a huge pear tree right outside my bedroom window. It produced huge pears and I remember the juice just running down my chin after biting into one of those juicy pears. My grandmother canned quarts upon quarts every year. There isn’t much better than canned pears in a sweet syrup when there’s 10 inches of snow on the ground.

I have a horrible habit of overbuying produce. Do you have that problem? I can’t be the only one. Well after one of these trips, I had 8 pears sitting on my counter that were all ripening at the same rate.

I love pears but don’t quite know why I thought two people should have a dozen pears and reasonably expect to eat all of them. What I did know is that we wouldn’t be enjoying them for long if I didn’t do something with them soon.

Cooking fruit with cinnamon and brown sugar just warms me from the inside out. I grew up eating fruit prepared like this. One of my favorite ways to eat pear filling is warmed and spooned on vanilla ice cream!

top view of bowl of pear pie filling

This Pear Pie Filling recipe is made with sweet brown sugar and cinnamon combined with beautiful ripe pears. This filling can be put in the freezer in an airtight container to be enjoyed when fresh pears are only a memory.

What kind of pears are best for cooking?

Good Keeping states: Bosc and Anjou varieties are tops at holding their shape and texture. In a pinch, Bartletts and other varieties work fine, too. Avoid Comice pears for cooking.

I love the flavor and texture of Bartletts so that’s what I get. I just make sure that I don’t overcook them.

Do pears have to be ripe to bake?

The best way to judge ripeness is to gently press the neck of the fruit near the stem with your thumb; if the flesh gives, the pear is ready to use.

right side of bowl of pear filling with cinnamon sticks

Suggestions for using Caramelized Pear Pie Filling:

  • Topping for pancakes, French toast, waffles, oatmeal, ice cream
  • Mashed and spread on toast
  • A sweet side to a cup of soup or chili

Storing suggestions:

Pear Pie Filling can be stored the same as you would fresh pears such as:

  • Refrigerated for up to 3 days
  • Frozen in an air-tight container for up to 3 months
  • Canned

If you like this recipe, here are a few more I think you’re going to LOVE!

You may need:

  • Cutting Boards – I use these cutting boards. hen I want to put my cutting board into the dishwasher, such as when cutting cooked meat.
    • Wooden Cutting Boards – are better on your knives. I’ll use this cutting board for fresh veggies and making salads.
  • 8″ Chef’s Knife – These knives are an investment but I’ve had mine for years and I just love them. They keep their blade a long time in between sharpening.

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Close top view of pear pie filling

Caramelized Pear Pie Filling

Author: Julie Menghini
Caramelized Pear Pie Filling Recipe is full of tender pears drenched in brown sugar and cinnamon. It makes a great topping or a great dessert on its own.
4.86 from 27 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Sides
Cuisine American
Keyword: Pear Pie Filling
Servings: 8


  • 7 pears peeled, cored, and diced into 1/4 ” pieces (I used Bartlett pears)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch


  • In a 2 quart saucepan combine diced pears, water and the juice of one lemon.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes. Some of the pears will break down, but that’s fine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Whisk to combine. Pour over pears, and stir constantly until sauce thickens approximately 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.


Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Filling may be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 55gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 5gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 13.9mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 0.6mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!
This recipe was updated from it’s original on October 18, 2018. The recipe was slightly amended by adding water to the cooking pears.

How would you serve this Caramelized Pear Pie Filling? Leave me a comment with your suggestions! With a spoon is my #1 suggestion!


Recipe Rating

Sharon Hammersley

Thursday 21st of September 2023

I sliced the pears much like apples and added fresh Blueberries- divine!!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 21st of September 2023

That sounds divine!


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Turned out just like the picture! Looking forward to having over ice cream or as a side dish with ham. ❤️

Julie Menghini

Monday 18th of September 2023

That sounds amazing! Thank you, Lynn!


Monday 14th of August 2023

How many cups of diced pears do I use?

Julie Menghini

Monday 14th of August 2023

The glory of this recipe is that you can adjust it to as many or few pears that you have. The recipe is for 7 pears. A cup is traditionally 1 to 2 pears so you should have 2+ cups. If you have more than that don't increase the other ingredients. It's very generous. I hope this helps but please let me know if you have more questions.


Friday 13th of January 2023

Using two pie crusts, how long would you bake this recipe in a pie? and using canned pears, should i still do it over the stovetop or just mix the ingredients together? thanks:)

Julie Menghini

Saturday 14th of January 2023

I don't recommend canned pears, Halee. They're soft and I don't think would hold up as well. I have this pear pie that you may enjoy.


Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Just wondering about using this as a pie filling - should I cook the recipe as you have posted and then add it into the pie shell? If I put the pear mixture in raw I don’t put in a 1/4 cup of water, right?


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Julie Menghini can you send me the pie filling recipe

Julie Menghini

Thursday 6th of October 2022

Hi Merry, great question! If you're baking a pie with this recipe, don't pre-cook it, and don't add the water. I also have a pear pie recipe that you could use.

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