Almond Pear Delight

Almond Pear DelightLast week, I posted Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from the Sweet Serendipity Cookbook.   This cookbook has so many delightfully sinful recipes, I had to try another one.   We are pear lovers in this family–Bosc… Bartlett…Asian…I love them all!

As #1 Son was flipping through my cookbook, his little boy excitement came through when he came to this recipe.  Since it has been pretty hot lately, I decided it was time to try this light, refreshing dessert.   No oven required. A stovetop is all you need here.  The poached pears in a spicy and sweet syrup were so flavorful and satisfying.  I don’t know about you, but the only other way I have ever thought of eating a pear is fresh and raw.  These poached pears can be served warm or chilled–great either way.  A dollop of whipped cream or ice cream would compliment these pears nicely, but I loved them in their simple state, with just a kiss of toasted almonds.  If you love pears, you must try these.

 

Almond Pear Delight
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 to 8
 
I found this recipe in the Sweet Serendipity: Delicious Desserts & Devilish Dish Cookbook.
Ingredients
  • 4 firm pears, such as Bartlett
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 oz. (4 teaspoons) slivered almonds
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel the pears, leaving on the stems, if possible. this is not required for the recipe, it just makes a more elegant presentation. Cut them in half, top to bottom, and core.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Add the lemon juice, cloves and cinnamon, making sure the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Carefully add the pears to the sugar syrup, cut side down. Place a plate or lid over the pears to keep them submerged and boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking until the pears are soft but not mushy, about 30 minutes. Reserve the syrup.
  5. Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a skillet over medium heat, making sure not to burn them.
  6. Serve two pear halves hot, warm or chilled in a dessert dish sprinkled with a teaspoonful of almonds.
  7. You may also, if you like, reduce the syrup by half by simmering over medium heat and spoon over pears when serving. Prepared pers may be refrigerated with a bit of syrup in a covered container for up to 3 days.