Warm, aromatic and tender fruit, adorned with silky smooth caramel sauce
As fall wraps the world in its cool embrace, there's something undeniably enchanting about indulging in a dessert that captures the essence of the season. Poached pears, with their warm, aromatic spices and tender fruit, offer a taste of the season's splendor that's as comforting as a crackling fire on a chilly evening. It's as must try caramel recipe for the season.
This dessert combines the natural sweetness of pears, the velvety richness of mascarpone cheese, the irresistible allure of Coop’s caramel sauce, and the delightful crunch of pistachios into a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds singing.
With their cozy, comforting qualities and seasonal splendor, this dish transforms any gathering into a warm and inviting affair. So, as the days cool down, embrace it with a plate of poached pears, and let the flavors of the season enchant your palate and warm your heart.
4 ripe but firm Bosc or Anjou pears, peeled and cored
1 lemon, sliced
4 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise (optional)
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)
1/2 cup Coop's salted caramel sauce
1 cup mascarpone cheese (homemade or store bought)
1. Prepare the Poaching Liquid:
In a large pot, combine the water, sugar, lemon slices, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise (if using), and the seeds scraped from the split vanilla bean (or vanilla extract). Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
2. Poach the Pears:
Gently add the peeled and cored pears to the simmering liquid. Ensure they are fully submerged. Let the pears simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until they become tender. To check for doneness, insert a knife into a pear; it should slide in easily.
3. Remove the Pears:
Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the poached pears from the liquid and let them cool.
4. Assemble & Plating:
Place a spoonful of the mascarpone cream on each serving plate, spreading it out into a small bed.
5. Add the Poached Pear: Carefully place a poached pear on top of the mascarpone cream on each plate.
6. Drizzle with Coop’s Salted Caramel Sauce:
Generously drizzle each poached pear with warm caramel sauce.
7. Garnish with Pistachios: Sprinkle chopped pistachios over the pears for a delightful crunch and a burst of color.
8. Serve: Serve immediately, and enjoy the heavenly combination of flavors and textures.
This dessert is a harmonious blend of sweet, creamy, and nutty elements that come together to create a dessert worthy of the finest dining experiences. Each bite is a journey through layers of flavor, from the tender poached pear to the velvety mascarpone, the rich Coop's caramel drizzle, and the satisfying crunch of pistachios.