Spiced Pear Dessert

RatingDifficultyIntermediate
Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins
 15 baby pears or 6 whole large pears, peeled, halved and cored, or 24 dried halved pears
 400 g grated dark palm sugar
 Zest of 2 oranges
 2 whole cinnamon sticks
 6 whole star anise
 4 whole cardamom pods, cracked
 600 ml 600ml water
1

Place the palm sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and water in a small pot and bring to boil.

2

Cook for 10 minutes to infuse the spices.

3

Add the pears – if they are not completely covered, add more water. Weigh them down in the liquid with a small plate and simmer gently until tender (the time depends on the ripeness of the pears. For dried pears, cook for 20 minutes).

4

Remove the pears and return the pan to the heat.

5

Simmer the syrup until thickened and reduced by half.

6

To test if the syrup is ready, spoon a small amount onto a cold plate – it should be dense and sticky like treacle. 7. Remove from the heat and chill.

7

Strain the syrup (reserving the aromatics) and return the syrup to the saucepan.

8

Add the pears and gently reheat.

9

Place 5 baby pear halves or 2 halved large pears or 4 dried pears in each serving bowl and pour over the syrup.

10

Accompany with Elato Dark Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream.

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Ingredients

 15 baby pears or 6 whole large pears, peeled, halved and cored, or 24 dried halved pears
 400 g grated dark palm sugar
 Zest of 2 oranges
 2 whole cinnamon sticks
 6 whole star anise
 4 whole cardamom pods, cracked
 600 ml 600ml water

Directions

1

Place the palm sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and water in a small pot and bring to boil.

2

Cook for 10 minutes to infuse the spices.

3

Add the pears – if they are not completely covered, add more water. Weigh them down in the liquid with a small plate and simmer gently until tender (the time depends on the ripeness of the pears. For dried pears, cook for 20 minutes).

4

Remove the pears and return the pan to the heat.

5

Simmer the syrup until thickened and reduced by half.

6

To test if the syrup is ready, spoon a small amount onto a cold plate – it should be dense and sticky like treacle. 7. Remove from the heat and chill.

7

Strain the syrup (reserving the aromatics) and return the syrup to the saucepan.

8

Add the pears and gently reheat.

9

Place 5 baby pear halves or 2 halved large pears or 4 dried pears in each serving bowl and pour over the syrup.

10

Accompany with Elato Dark Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream.

Spiced Pear Dessert
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