One cannot write about desserts without including this all-time favorite. There was a time when I was making these every week! The custard that goes with it adds a bit of originality and a lot of great taste. These can be made up to four days in advance and are best if they sit in their own juices for at least 12 hours in the refrigerator.
- 2 quarts apple juice -
- 4 small cinnamon sticks -
- ¾ cup sugar -
- ½ cup white wine -
- 6 Bosc pears -
- 1 cup milk or soy milk or coffee whitener -
- 3 eggs yolks, beaten with fork -
- 3 Tbsp sugar -
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract -
1. Place all the ingredients except for the pears into a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Peel pears, but do not remove stems.
3. Place pears in boiling liquid and reduce heat to medium-low after 5 minutes. Let cook for 20 minutes more. Turn off heat. Leave the pears in the pot while cooling (they are delicate and can break if transferred before they have cooled). Refrigerate once cooled, ideally for at least 12 hours.
4. Before serving, slice a small piece off the bottom of each pear to create a flat surface so that the pear can stand. Serve with custard (recipe follows), just a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.
1. In a saucepan, bring milk (or soy milk or coffee whitener) to a boil until it bubbles. Meanwhile, combine yolks and sugar in a bowl.
2. Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in sugar and yolks, stirring constantly.
3. Replace onto heat and stir constantly for 15 minutes or until mixture thickens.
4. Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve, using the back of a spoon to push the custard through the holes. Let cool.
5. Add vanilla extract, combine and chill 24 hours.
NOTES: If you are using apple juice with a high sugar content you may want to reduce the amount of sugar you use in the recipe. Custard will get thicker as it chills in the fridge.
TIP: Create a pretty design on the plate by swirling or zigzagging chocolate or raspberry syrup around the edges.