When it comes to fall fruits, there’s nothing quite like a nice, crisp pear. This versatile fruit can brighten your cranberries, add a subtle sweetness to your stuffing, or liven up your dessert buffet. Impress your guests this season by finishing your meal with decadent poached pears over vanilla ice cream.
Preparing your pears
Begin with five pears that are slightly firm to the touch. Remove the peel and slice the pears in half. Then, using a spoon, take out the seeds and the core, before running your knife through the fruit a few times for a nice, rough chop.
Now’s the time to add the goodies! Place your diced pears in a medium-sized mixing bowl and douse them with a liberal amount of sugar and just a pinch of salt. Stir the mixture to coat and set the bowl aside.
Time for the toppings
Grab a generous handful of pecans and place them on a large cutting board. Take your chef’s knife and chop the pecans until there are no big pieces remaining.
In a second mixing bowl, add one and a half cups flour, one-third cup of brown and white sugar, a bit of cinnamon and some chopped pecans. Melt a stick of butter in the microwave and add it to your bowl. Then, mix the butter, flour, sugars, cinnamon and pecans together.
Assembling the dessert
After lightly buttering a baking dish, spread your pears in an even layer before adding toppings.
Now, all you have to do is pop the dish in the oven for half an hour at 350 degrees. Afterwards, top with ice cream and serve while still warm!
Sharing the love
This delicious dessert also makes a great gift idea. Simply print off the recipe and tuck it into one of our many amazing Hickory Farms pear baskets, like the Hickory Holiday Celebration, which includes tons of gourmet goodies, such as wine, sausage and cheese; the Fresh From the Farm Basket, which features an abundance of artisan delicacies, or, for the true fruit lover, the Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket.
No matter which basket you choose, anyone on your list is sure to love this thoughtful and delicious Hickory Farms gift.