January 29, 2007
Baked Pear with Almonds & Raisins
I made this dessert for the New Year's, but somehow forgot to post it. We received a big box of Harry & David Riviera Pears for Christmas, but there's two of us! We ate a few, distributed a few, but by New Year's, we still had quite a few pears left.
Using the pears, I decided to make a simple dessert which incorporated the taste of the delicious, sweet pears. I scooped out the pears and filled it with saffron and cream soaked almonds and raisins, drizzled it with honey and let it bake. Everyone liked the taste and the dessert dish was licked clean by the end of the night. Here's how I made it.
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup almonds - soaked for 30 min
2-3 strands of saffron
3-4 tbspoon heavy cream
1 tbspoon honey
Heat the oven to 350 deg F.
Meanwhile, crush the almonds and raisins. Soak the saffron strands in cream and mix it with the almonds and raisins. Set it aside.
Skin and halve the pears. Scoop out the middle of the pear. I used a ice cream scoop.
Fill the cavity with the almond, raisin and cream mixture.
Drizzle honey on top and set them on a tray.
Bake it for 10-11 min so that it mixes well together, but the pear is not crumbling apart.
Serve warm. It also tastes good with a scoop of ice-cream.