Hot Dish: Caramel Café’s Poached Pear with Salted Caramel Sauce

By: Judi Gallagher

At Carmel Cafe, where chef Steven Cook is creating an intriguing array of Med-Mod small plates, the poached pear with salted caramel sauce is our current favorite. First, Cook strikes a classic chord with a fresh pear poached with star anise, cranberry and pomegranate juice and orange zest and spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Then […]


Caramel Café’s Poached Pear with Salted Caramel Sauce

Caramel Café’s Poached Pear with Salted Caramel Sauce (Dale Clancy)

At Carmel Cafe, where chef Steven Cook is creating an intriguing array of Med-Mod small plates, the poached pear with salted caramel sauce is our current favorite. First, Cook strikes a classic chord with a fresh pear poached with star anise, cranberry and pomegranate juice and orange zest and spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Then he adds a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream and tops it all with salted caramel sauce. This may be the perfect winter dessert.

Carmel Cafe, Shoppes at University Center, 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd., (941) 893-5955.

Click here for the recipe for Carmel Cafe’s salted caramel sauce.