Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pears Like You Have Never Had Before

caramel choco pear

There are days when you want the rewards without the efforts. As much as I enjoy cooking and inventing recipes, simplicity is always a plus for my busy schedule. We run around between our jobs, schooling, kids' social lives and other various commitments, yet the food that we eat is an important part of that routine as well.

I really care about what I feed myself and my family. I like preparing foods for the ones I love because it is truly is the ultimate gift of generosity. It's a gift of time as well as substance. Desserts have a way of making everyone smile around the table that spinach will never rival (and I love spinach). It is the great equalizer: adults get in touch with their inner-child, as they anticipate the first bite, and children bubble with with excitement. Everyone has an achilles tendon when it comes to their favorite treat: the one they cannot possibly resist. Mine is the combination of dark chocolate and caramel, and perfectly caramelized pears or apples, and buttery tarts, silky puddings--okay, I admit it mine is a list that would go on and on.

caramel choco pear close-up

Here's one easy concoction that combines some of my favorite flavors and is sure to satisfy most sweet tooth. It is so easy to put together that it can fit into anyone's busy schedule.



Chocolate Caramel Baked Pears
This dessert is wonderful served with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream. You can use a mixture of dark chocolate and caramels instead of the chocolate covered caramels.

4 ripe pears, halved and center core removed (use a spoon or melon-baller)
4 oz dark chocolate covered caramels, chopped
1/4 cup hot water

caramel choco pear served

Preheat oven to 375F.
Oil a ceramic lasagna dish.
Place pear-halves skin side down in the prepared dish. Stuff the center cavities with the chopped caramels.
Carefully, pour 1/4 cup of hot water in between the pear-halves. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes and then remove the foil and bake 10 more minutes or until pears are tender and center is melted. Serve warm.



caramel choco pear spoon

More desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth...
Blueberry Pudding Cake
Caramel Apple Cake

19 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

FOOD PORN ALERT!!!!!

RecipeGirl said...

Oh Lordy. I don't think I can eat a plain pear again!

maybelle's mom said...

wow, that is one amazing photograph. and, I agree about caring enormously about the food your family eats.

kat said...

Oh yummy! I bet it would be good done with an apple too!

Elra said...

You are absolutely right! I never had this kind of pear before. It looks like melt in your mouth type of pear. Yum!

Holler said...

You nearly had me in tears with that first photo!

I never would have thought of chopping up caramels for something like this, what a great idea and I am sure everyone is impressed whenyou set one before them.

Robin Sue said...

Now that's a PEAR! What a simple and delightful dessert, thanks for the idea and recipe. Have a great day Alexa!

Jeanine said...

oh YUM!! That looks like a fantastic dessert! Food Porn alert is right! Wow!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Have never tried before looks great, simple dessert...

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Seriously, what's not to love here? That's quite a way to enjoy a pear.

beauty and bread said...

Amazing! My mouth is watering!

Andrea said...

oh. my. god. That looks amazing. Amazing I tell you. I love warm fruit of any kind in a dessert, but would you believe that my fiance hates warm fruit?! It's crazy. More for me!

Lynn said...

OH. MY. GODDESS. What else needs to be said? Except fabulous.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those look delicious! I might have to get some pears very soon!

Peppercorn Press said...

Fabulous! My mouth is watering for this now!

Usha said...

You are right, I have never had pear this way...looks amazing!

Megan said...

i've never personally been a huge fan of pears but this has just convinced me otherwise. what an amazing idea!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

What a fantastic idea for pears!

Kevin said...

What a great way to serve pears!

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