Saturday, August 25, 2007

Baked pears with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

This dessert was served after the seared scallop dish, and it's very easy to make. The picture here looks ugly, but it tasted superb! The combination of the soft pear, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream melting in your mouth is truly sublime!

Initially I wanted to find a recipe on the internet or go through my recipe books for a baked pears recipe but none seemed appealing or easy enough for me, so I created one myself.



4 Anjou pears, skin peeled, leave the stalk intact

1/2 tsp of cinammon powder
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tbsp of honey
100g of dark chocolate, broken into small pieces (at least 70% cocoa solids, in my case I used Lindt)
1/3 cup of thick cream
vanilla ice-cream


1. Heat up oven at 180 C for about 20 minutes.

2. In the mean time, peel and prepare the pears. Mix the cinnammon powder with the honey and vanilla extract and rub all over the peeled pears using both hands.

3. Wrap the pears with aluminium foil thoroughly and stand them on a casserole before putting them into the oven. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes, until pears soften (use a fork to prick to make sure they are thoroughly soft and baked) and the flavours absorbed into them.

4. While waiting for the pears to be ready, melt the chocolate by putting it in a heat proof bowl over a small pot of water. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream.

5. Remove the pears from the oven and aluminium foil, pour the chocolate sauce over the pears and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

The following are pictures from other better attempts of shooting:

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