Vanilla ice cream
Coarsely chopped pecans
For each dessert: Place one pear half on plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Top with a dallop of whipping cream, swirl carmel sauce over dessert and sprinkle with nuts. Savour!
This is how I think it should be served. My family is of the opinion I don't know how it really ought to be done. They would suggest at least two pear halves per dessert, several scoops of ice cream, a generous drop of whipping cream, and lots of carmel sauce and nuts. Uh, huh - if I need a comfort dessert that sounds like a good idea. But on general principal, no.
I canned special pears just for this dessert taking great pains to make sure the stems were attached. I'm very into presentation - most of the time. There are other times when that heaped up bowl of delicious goodness is just fine.
I made my own carmel sauce from an adapted carmel candy recipe but I boiled it too long and it hardened into candy on the dessert. Still good, but I think I'll opt for a little less boiling next time. I need to perfect the recipe since it is made with honey and I'm working on collecting really good honey recipes.
Father and Mum used to go on dates to this little restaurant nearby called The Village Trolley which served this dessert. This is the version mother created for the family to enjoy at home. Well, at least the principle, I came up with the smaller portions. The restaurant closed down, but the dessert lives on in the family repetoire.