Saturday, April 13, 2013

Baked Pears with Chocolate and Dates recipe

Baked Pears with Chocolate and Dates
Baked Pears with Chocolate and Dates

When diners open their individual parcels the aromas of spice, lemon and chocolate turn a simple dessert into something very special

Serves 4

Baked Pears with Chocolate and Dates ingredients: 4 firm but ripe pears. I used Taylors Gold. 4 squares of dark chocolate. 4 dried dates

Syrup: zest and juice 1 lemon. 3 tablespoons brown sugar. 1/4 cup vinegar. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

To cook: 4 slices lemon. 4 x 30 cm squares baking paper. kitchen string

Baked Pears with Chocolate and Dates recipe: Preheat the oven to 180C
Syrup: Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the sugar

Pears: Core the pears from the bottom, leaving the stem end intact, then peel. Place one piece of chocolate then a date in the cavity of each pear Put one slice of lemon in the centre of each piece of paper. Place the pears on top of the lemon slices and fold up the edges of each paper parcel. Spoon the syrup over the pears including the lemon zest. Bring the paper together above the stem and tie with kitchen string. Place the parcels in a baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until the pears are tender
To serve: Transfer the parcels to individual bowls. Let each diner untie the string and gently slide out the pears and syrup, discarding the paper Serve with a bowl of softly whipped cream. By then, the baked pears with chocolate and dates is ready