Yesterday, I tested one of the recipes I want to do for Christmas. Easy to make, this cozy dessert has plenty of “wow” factor and it looks like a beehive.
This is an elegant dessert and is fancy enough for a dinner party and also can be made ahead.
- 4 small pears
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup honey
- 50 ml cognac (optional)
- 1 small lemon, halved
- 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 6 to 8 whole cloves
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 egg
Peel pears and core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact.
In a large saucepan, combine the water, sugar, honey, lemon halves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cognac and cloves. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add bean and seeds to sugar mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; place pears on their sides in saucepan and poach, uncovered, for 18-22 minutes or until pears are almost tender, basting occasionally with poaching liquid.
Remove pears with a slotted spoon and cool slightly. Cook the liquid until is thick and syrupy, about 10-15 minutes.
Unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 2 cm – wide strips. Starting at the bottom of a pear, wrap a pastry strip around pear, adding additional strips until pear is completely wrapped in pastry. Repeat with remaining pears and puff pastry.
Transfer into a baking pan line with parchment paper. Beat the egg and brush the pastry with it. Bake at 220 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Place pears on dessert plates and drizzle with syrup. Serve warm.
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I’m seriously thinking about making these pears. They look amazing. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog.
Thank you. You are welcome
Thumbs up!!! Looks amazing!
These look beautiful! Pros and cons of using homemade pie dough in lieu of puff pastry?
Thank you. Pie dough looks better after baking
Will definitely be trying this. 100% my kind of dessert. Love your blog, the pictures are really high quality and give off a cosy, homely vibe. Xx