Poached Pear and Apple with Sweet Cheese, and Ice Cream

Long title…I know. But, this classic dessert is simple and beautiful. You don’t need to do both pears and apples either, you can poach one or the other to serve at any event.

You are going to want to use perfectly ripe fruit, as if it is under ripe it will not cook well, and if it is over ripe it will just turn into mush. Some recipes call for poaching in wine, and that’s good too, but for this recipe we’ll just stick with a traditional style. For the cheese I like mascarpone, but any soft young cheese should work.

Ingredients:

1 Kilogram Pears/Apples (feel free to mix and match)

200 grams Mascarpone

100 grams Ice Cream (Optional)

300 grams White Sugar

200 grams Dark Brown Sugar

40 grams Dark Honey

1 Vanilla Bean

1 Cinnamon Stick

1 Star Anise Pod

Instructions:

In a pot on the stove begin to boil a liter of water (you want 2x the amount of water than sugar.

While waiting for the water to boil, peel the skin off of the pears and/or apples.

Add the sugar, vanilla bean pod (sliced in half), cinnamon stick, and the star anise pod. Stir to help the sugar dissolve.

Lower the temperature to a low simmer and add the fruits. Let poach for 2-3 hours depending on the size of the fruits.

While the fruits are poaching, mix the mascarpone with honey until combined. Place in refrigerator.

Remove from the liquid, and turn back up to a boil until the liquid reduces enough to a syrup.

Slice the fruits in half an remove the stone/seeds. Fill the hole with the honey mascarpone mixture and drizzle with the syrup. Plate with a side of vanilla ice cream if you desire.

Poached Pear and Apple with Sweet Cheese, and Ice Cream

A delightfully presented fruit dessert that is sure to impress any guest.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Poached Pears
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Pears and/or Apples
  • 200 grams Mascarpone
  • 300 grams White Sugar
  • 200 grams Dark Brown Sugar
  • 40 grams Dark Honey
  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star Anise Pod
  • 100 grams Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions

  • In a pot on the stove begin to boil a liter of water (you want 2x the amount of water than sugar.
  • While waiting for the water to boil, peel the skin off of the pears and/or apples.
  • Add the sugar, vanilla bean pod (sliced in half), cinnamon stick, and the star anise pod. Stir to help the sugar dissolve.
  • Lower the temperature to a low simmer and add the fruits. Let poach for 2-3 hours depending on the size of the fruits.
  • While the fruits are poaching, mix the mascarpone with honey until combined. Place in refrigerator.
  • Remove from the liquid, and turn back up to a boil until the liquid reduces enough to a syrup.
  • Slice the fruits in half an remove the stone/seeds. Fill the hole with the honey mascarpone mixture and drizzle with the syrup. Plate with a side of vanilla ice cream if you desire.
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