Poached pear with vanilla icecream
This savory poached pear is a perfect option for a delicious, easy and fast dessert. Except cheesecake, this is my favorite homemade dessert. This little treat maximizes the pear’s natural sweetness, highlighting it with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. It’s important to have everything prepared before and to cook it when you are ready to serve it. Truly decadent!
So, let’s get to work..
Preparing time: 15 min
Cooking time: 25 min
750ml (3 cups) water
1 lemon zest
200g (1 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
1 pod vanilla bean, split, seeded
1 cinnamon stick
A sprinkle of Calvados
3 large pears, peeled, cut into dices
Vanilla icecream, to serve (sometimes I use the Häagen-Dazs Praline& Cream icecream and it is really tasty)
Few mint leaves and few chopped walnuts to garnish
Peel and slice each pear. Sprinkle each pear with lemon juice to avoid browning while peeling the remaining ones. Combine the water, sugar, vanilla seeds and cinnamon in a large saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Add a sprinkle of Calvados. Once the mixture is boiling, add the pears. Simmer the pears for 8-10 minutes and then turn pears and simmer for an additional 5-8 minutes or until the pears are tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pear to serving bowls.
Increase heat to high and bring the syrup to the boil. Boil, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until the syrup thickens slightly.
Drizzle the syrup over the pears. Serve immediately with vanilla icecream and add a mint leaf and the chopped walnuts on top.