Quickly, before we are starting with our January diet I want to present to you this delicious dessert of Baked Pear in an Almond Coat with Vanilla Icecream. I served it to my family at Christmas Day and and they loved it.
My family is my harshest critic. If they think the food is too salty they will tell me, if it is too sweet they will tell me; and if the think it’s too green (or something equally as ridiculous) …. guess what – they will tell me.
Now that they have actually told me they liked something, it must mean they REALLY liked it. The baked pear in an almond coat is an interesting dish with contrasting textures – the crunchy coat, the soft pear and the creamy ice cream. Also it has the whole “hot and cold” sensation going for it, plus its not too heavy so that you actually still can fit it in after a heavy meal.
- 100 g caster sugar
- 5 table spoons fresh lemon juice
- 6 pears
- 3 medium sized eggs
- 100 g soft salted butter
- 50 g breadcrumbs
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 100 g ground almonds
- 100 g whipping cream
- In a large saucepan add the sugar, lemon juice and 1 litre of water and bring to boil. Peal the pears and remove the core with an apple corer or else with a little teaspoon. Make sure you do not remove the stalk as it's nice to leave it on for decoration purposes. Add the pears to the mixture and put the lid on saucepan. Boil the pears for about 12-15 minutes and then leave to cool.
- For the dough, first separate the eggs. Then with a hand-mixer whisk the butter and sugar for at least 8 minutes it into a creamy white mixture. Now add the egg yolks one by one. Mix the bread crumbs, 80 gr of the almonds, and cinnamon and add them bit by bit to the butter-sugar mixture, alternating with the whipping cream. Whisk the egg white until stiff and fold it into the mixture. Now grease 6 ramekins (should fit min 200 ml volume) and sprinkle with the remaining almonds.
- Add the almond dough to the ramekins and place in each a par in the middle. Now add the pears into a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
- Leave to cool down a little bit before servicing it with vanilla ice-cream