3 large, slightly ripe Warren Pear
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
Pinch of salt, plus more flaky salt to serve (optional)
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
Heat the oven to 375° F. Halve, cored pears in a cast-iron pan, and put the pears in it, rounded side down.
Cut the butter into bits and distribute them over the pear halves. Sprinkle it with the sugar and put the pan in the oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the juices. The pears will be ready if tender when pierced in their thickest part with a sharp knife.
Remove the pears from the dish, allowing all the juice to drain back into it and adding any of the undissolved sugar still remaining in the pear cavities.
Set the dish over high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture turns a light caramel color. It will look very thick and bubbly, because of the butter and pear juice in it. Pour in the cream and bring to a boil, adding a pinch of salt if you like. Cook until the sauce is smooth. It will darken and turn a rich brown after you pour in the cream.
Serve a warm pear half to each person with some of the sauce spooned over it. Sprinkle with the nuts, and serve with flaky salt on the side, if you like. This is very simple but the flavors of the ripe pears combine wonderfully with the smooth, rich caramel.