For years, apples have been considered the star fruit, par excellence. They are easy to eat, they come in different sizes and an incredible variety of colors. Children simply love them, and we delight in their versatility in the kitchen, from a hot dessert to salads, drinks to spicy sauces. There is no meal that you can’t improve with a couple of pears slices.
And that is why we have not dedicated the attention that pears deserve. The pear or pirus communis is a fruit with a sweet taste and high amount of water, which makes it very refreshing. It is a great ally of healthy eating because of its high amount of water and does not have a gram of fat. It also contains a high amount of fiber which helps prevent constipation, and is rich in vitamins B, C, and E, and provides minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron.
It is the ideal dessert, sweet and tasty without providing unnecessary calories. Take note of these incredible recipes that you can include in your New Year’s Eve menu,. You will see how your guests will be fascinated.
Perhaps not as popular as apple, the pear strudel is one of those perfect desserts to serve in a family gathering, after a hot meal. You can accompany it with your favorite sparkling wine or a good bitter coffee.
Dough: 2 cups of flour
2 Cups Unsalted Butter
1 Large Egg
2 Cups Warm Water
Stuffing: 6 Pears
2 Cups of Sugar
1 Cup Chopped Nuts
3/4 Cup Dark Chocolate
2 Orange (juice)
1 Large Lemon
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
Peel the pears and cut them into large dice. Place them in a saucepan with the juice of the two oranges and the lemon, next to the two cups of sugar. Cook gently with the uncovered saucepan, until you achieve the first caramel appearance. Set aside and let drain in a strainer for a few hours.
In a bowl place the flour and in the center the butter, the lightly beaten egg, and a little warm water. Join with your fingers until the dough detaches from the container. Put the dough on the counter and hit it, then make two buns and let rest at room temperature covered with a plastic film. Take them back and stretch.
Delicately, take the stretched dough and leave it on your clenched fists. With appropriate movements of the same, the mass falls and continues to stretch more and more. When you think it is very thin and almost transparent, let it fall on the floured oven trays, and with the fingertips, without nails, stretch the edges outward to make it thinner. Paint, with a wide kitchen brush, the dough, with melted butter.
Spread the dough on an oven tray and painted with melted butter, start filling from one end with half the pears, chocolate, nuts. Roll with the help of the canvas painting the inside of the dough again. Place in a baking dish, paint the external and cook at moderate temperature until golden brown. Let it cool.
Upsidedown Pear Cake
Of course, delicious cakes can also be made with pears, like this original inverted pear cake. The little ones will love it!
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1 1/2 Cups of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of Warm Water
2 Cups of Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Cup of Unsalted Butter
2 Large Eggs
Take a small saucepan and heat the water and sugar until the latter dissolves. Let it simmer until the sugar turns brown. Meanwhile, melt the butter and then let cool slightly. Mix with the eggs. Add a little butter on the grease tray. Add the lemon zest and orange zest to the eggs. Peel the pears and cut them in quarters (removing the seeds).
Mix the flour and baking powder in the egg mixture until a smooth dough is achieved. Now add the caramelized sugar on the baking sheet. Place the pears on the tray and add the dough. Spread it evenly. Cook in the oven at 190º until the cake is golden brown. When ready remove from the oven, let cool and turn the cake on a plate. Ready!
Poached Pears in Red Wine
When you are looking for an elegant but at the same time inexpensive dessert, you don’t have to go far to find it: pears poached in red wine are just what you need. You will impress your guests.
4 Peeled Pears Sliced
1 1/2 Cups Red Wine
3/4 Cups Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients (except pears) and boil. Once the wine mixture has boiled, simmer, add the pears and cook for 12 minutes, turn the pears and cook for 10 more minutes.
When the time has passed, remove the pears from the stove and let them cool. Pour the wine sauce over the preparation, serve and enjoy.
Pears and Cream
Another advantage of pears is that they are very low in calories, perfect for when you are on a diet and want to enjoy a healthy dessert, such as this light pear and cream dessert. Remember to mention this when you serve your friends.
1/2 Cup of Water
1 Lemon (zest)
2 Large Eggs
1/2 Tablespoon of Flour
2 Cups Skim Milk
Peel the pears, cut into four and remove the seeds, you can leave them in quarters or cut them a little more. Once cooked remove from heat, add the sweetener and let cool. For the cream mix the eggs with the flour in a pot and add the milk, bring to medium heat and cook stirring continuously with a whisk or wooden spoon. Once it boils, cook for 30 seconds and remove from heat, perfume it with the vanilla essence and sweeten to taste.
Caramelized Pear and Chocolate Crepes
There is no better combination than chocolate with fruits. And if you add some salted caramel, it’s just perfect!
For crepes: 1 1/2 Cups of Flour
2 Large Eggs
1 Cup Whole Milk
1 Teaspoon Sunflower oil
1 Pinch Salt
For the Pears: 2 large pears
1 Bar of Butter
3 Tablespoons Honey
For the chocolate: 2 Cups Dark Chocolate
Place the flour, salt (a few pinches) and the eggs in a deep bowl along with half of the milk, beat tightly until a smooth paste. While you bat you can slowly add the rest of the milk. You should keep in mind that pasta cannot have lumps. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Now you can heat in a nonstick skillet half a tablespoon of oil over medium heat. When hot, with a ladle, pour a layer of dough by turning the pan until you get a thin layer.vLeave on until you notice that the edges turn brown. Now, gently remove the edges with a spatula and turn the dough disk until it browns.
The next step is to make the pears. To do this, peel them and cut them into eighths. Melt the butter in a large and spacious pan. Add the pears and cook until golden brown. When they turn from gold to a dark brown color, sprinkle with the syrup and let it warm until bubbles come out.
Finally the time has come to serve. Take a crepe and place some pears in the center of it; Now and very carefully fold it in half covering the contents, finish with a shower of chocolate (previously grated) on the crepe preparation.
Pear and Chocolate Pudding
And you can also make puddings! Combine these two ingredients to prepare a delicious pear and chocolate pudding. Simple and delicious, taking away the stress from your hostess tasks.
For Pudding:1 3/4 Cup flour
2 Teaspoons Baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
8 Peeled Pears
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
For the pear sauce: 2 Pears
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
For the sauce, place all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes, stir and cook 2 more minutes. Crush the mixture with a blender.
For the pudding, preheat the oven to medium temperature and burn and flour a pudding mold, you can also place butter paper.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, beat the butter together with the brown sugar until it is soft and fluffy, for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one by one. Then the vanilla extract and the pear sauce and beat a little more. Lower the speed of the blender and add the flour two or three times. Remove from the blender, add the chopped pear and mix with a spatula. Finally, add the chocolate chips, mix again and place the preparation in the mold that you had prepared in advance.
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, let cool in the pan for ten minutes and enjoy!
Poached Pears with Spices
Of course, if you do not like or do not have red wine on hand, you can prepare to prepare this variant of poached pears with spices that is prepared with white wine, and it is equally delicious.
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Pinch Salt
2 Cups White Wine
3 Tablespoons Cinnamon Powder
4 Large Pears
4 Cups of Water
1 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
½ Cardamom Pod
2 ½ Slices Ginger
Put a medium pot over moderate heat, and place the water, sugar, wine, lemon juice, cardamom, cloves, teaspoons of cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
Stir over low heat until the water is at its boiling point, and the ingredients are perfectly homogeneous. Enjoy!
Pears with Chocolate
One of the simplest and most delicious recipes that you can prepare with pears when the season arrives is the pears dipped in chocolate. It is a combination made in heaven! and very simple, if you have time, ask the little ones to help you.
4 Cups Dark Chocolate
4 Large Pears
Place the chocolate in a heat-resistant container over boiling water. Stir until the chocolate melts and is smooth. Wait for it to cool a little. From the base of the pears, use a spoon to remove the heart, leaving the stem intact. Dip three-quarters of the pear in the chocolate. Transfer them to a plate and refrigerate until the chocolate is fixed on the pear, from 15 minutes to 2 hours.
Remove them and wait until they are at room temperature to serve.
If you don’t like chocolate or are allergic to it, try this simple recipe for caramel pears. Enjoy it with a vanilla cake to accentuate flavors.
1/2 Pound of unsalted butter.
2 Cups grams of brown sugar.
4 Ripe Pears
4 Cups Cream To Beat.
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 Tablespoons Cognac.
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Heat the oven to 200 ° C. Cut the pears in half and remove the center and the seeds, leave the skin. Melt the butter in the fire until it is a little brown and smell like nuts. Add the brown sugar and immediately put the pears on top, with the center inwards. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the pears are very soft and the candies have become thick. Let cool while you prepare the cream with which it will be accompanied. Combine whipping cream with vanilla, cognac and powdered sugar. Mix with the electric mixer and let it peaks. Put in the refrigerator until it cools.
Pear ice cream
Do you know what the pear combines very well too? With cream and caramel, as in this recipe for pear, cream, and caramel ice cream.
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3 Ripe pears
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Cups thick cream
1/8 Teaspoon coarse salt
A few drops of fresh lemon juice
Cut the pear into small cubes. Spread the sugar over a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, taking care and stirring occasionally until it melts. When the sugar is a deep amber color add the pears. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. The sugar will have dissolved.
Remove from heat and add ½ cup of cream, then mix with the rest of the cream, salt, and lemon juice. Let cool to room temperature and step on until smooth. Then it passes through a strainer. Let it cool.