Fried Pears with Warm Chocolate Sauce (serves 6)

Bartlett Pears

This was the dessert I made when we went to have Rabbit Stew at Jim and Eileen’s house (search for recipe in search box on sidebar). It is amazing how impressive a piece of fruit can taste when you fry it in butter and cover it in chocolate sauce! It was so easy to make I actually cooked the pears at their house. I’m sure you could try this with apples or some other fruit (I can’t think of at this moment) that can stand up to being sizzled on a hot pan for 6 or so minutes? Also, topping with a very tiny amount of salt or crystalized ginger gives it something special.

You will need: 4 pears (I used Bartlett), 3 tbs unsalted butter, 1 tbs sugar, 1 cups of 60% chocolate (I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips), 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1 tsp vanilla, sea salt flakes for garnish (Optional -I used Maldon salt flakes – click on pantry for more info.), crystalized ginger for garnish (Optional)

1 – Make the chocolate sauce: Put the cream in a small saucepan and heat gently until it just begins to boil. Take off heat and stir in the chocolate until it has melted. Immediately stir in the vanilla.

If you make this ahead of time, warm gently in microwave or on stove-top..

2 – Make the pears: Slice each pear in half lengthways. Slice each half into three long wedges (slice as uniformly as possible). Put pears in a bowl and toss in the sugar.  Put a big saute pan on high heat. When the pan is hot add the 2 tbs of butter and when it has melted fry the pears until they are lightly golden (about 3 minutes per side). Spoon the butter over the pears as they are frying.

Fry pears until golden brown

3 – When pears are done divide the pears between six plates or shallow bowls and spoon some sauce over each serving. Sprinkle a teeny amount of salt over chocolate or some slivers of sugary ginger slices to garnish.

Nice finish to a great dinner..

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