When I first landed my eyes on this recipe, it was love at first sight. I saw an elegant, eatable, sculpting piece of art. What makes this dessert so special? Pretty much everything! From preparation to presentation, this dessert is creative, fun, tasteful and very easy to make.
These little innocent pears are wrapped in phyllo pastry sheets, and stuffed with some key ingredients that will bring an explosion of flavors inside of you mouth.
Have your dinner guests amazed by your culinary talent this Christmas or any other special event. Serve these stuffed pears as the main dessert to end your party in style.
Adapted from Jamie’s Kitchen
- 4 ripe pears (I used Bosc pears)
- ¼ cup blanched almonds
- 8 tbs butter, divided
- ¼ cup sugar (plus more to sprinkle over the phyllo dough
- 1/8 tsp. vanilla
- Zest of one orange
- 3 oz good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- 8 phyllo pastry sheets (two per pear)
2. Add your blanched almonds to the food processor and process them until very fine.
Note: To blanch almonds, bring water to a boil. Turn water off and put your raw almonds inside. Let it sit there for about 2 minutes. You will see the outside wrinkling. Place almonds in cold water and start to peel the outside. They should look white after that.
3. In a bowl, mix the almonds, four tablespoons butter, sugar, orange zest and vanilla. Have the chocolate chopped and also added to the bowl. Mix everything well until nice and smooth. Divide the mixture into four equal parts.
4. Have all the pears peeled, cored and ready to be stuffed. Add the almond mixture to each pear. Put the rest of the mixture aside.
5. Have one sheet of phyllo pastry ready to use. Cut it in half. Melt the butter and start brushing the phyllo dough with it. Sprinkle some sugar each time. Carefully add some of the almond mixture on top of the phyllo dough.
6. Put the pear on the mixture and very carefully start wrapping it, and brushing with the melted butter as needed.
7. Repeat the process for each pear. You should have two full sheets of phyllo dough cut in half and wrapped around one pear.
8. To bake the pears, have a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, place the pears on top of the prepared cookie sheet and baked them for about 25 to 30 minutes, until pastry is golden and crisp.
The best way to eat this scrumptious dessert is when it comes out hot from the oven. Serve it with a good quality vanilla ice cream.
Hummm, The best for last!
Enjoy the season of light and let it shine!