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Thursday, February 14, 2013

10 Things to Do with Pears

Because I know you're wondering.
  1. Peel and dice. Cover with juice and store in the fridge. Let kids feast on it as if it were candy.
  2. Peel and poach in grape juice with nutmeg and star anise. Serve with ice cream for dessert.
  3. Cook up, puree, and serve as sauce over pork chops.
  4. Simple Tarte au Tan:
    • Grease a pie plate with butter.
    • Bring to boil 3/4 c sugar and 1/4 c water until it caramelises (turns light brown). Pour into base of buttered pie plate.
    • Slice up pears and layer these over caramel. Dot generously with butter.
    • Blend 1 1/3 c plain flour and 1/2 tsp salt with 1/2 c butter until crumbly. Gently add 3 Tbsp of cold water until dough sticks together in a firm ball. Don't over-knead.
    • Roll out dough on floured board and place over pears. Bake in an 180°C oven for about 30 minutes.
    • Allow to fully cool. Once cool, invert onto plate. Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and a cheesy grin.

  5. Put through your juicer and make delicious and healthy pear juice. Give scraps to your worm farm or dig into your garden for compost.
  6. Grab a kilo of Jam Sugar from the supermarket and make up some yummy pear jam.
  7. Homemade pizza! Instead of doing ham & pineapple, try ham & pear. Really.
  8. Forget banana bread or zucchini bread. Try this Pear Bread.
  9. Channel your inner American and make Pear Butter.
  10. Use in place of apples in a Waldorf Salad.