Pears Baked in Puff Pastry
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This is an elegant, fruit based dessert. Fancy enough for a dinner party and can be made ahead.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Serves: 4
For the Pears
  • 2 medium sized, firm pears
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 2 sheets puff pastry - enough to cover 4 pear halves
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
For the Custard
  1. Peel the pears, cut them in halves (leaving the stem) and remove the seeds. Use a teaspoon or melon baller to make a little pocket for the custard.
  2. Brush the pears with lemon juice on both sides to prevent discoloration.
  3. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or silpat and arrange the pear halves flat side down.
  4. From the (thawed) puff pastry cut 4 rectangles, just a bit larger than the pears. Cover every pear with a piece of pastry and using a sharp knife cut the excess, leaving a well covered fruit. This sounds more difficult than it is. Think of it as putting a sweater on the pear.
  5. Then cut a leaf from the remaining pastry - this is only for decoration and anything resembling a leaf is good. Glue them to the neck of the pear with milk.
  6. Pierce here and there with a sharp knife and brush with milk.
  7. Bake in preheated oven (200°C/400°F) for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  8. Leave on the baking sheet to cool for a few minutes before flipping over.
  9. When the pears are slightly cooled, remove from the baking pan (you may need to use tongs) and arrange on serving dishes.
  10. Fill the cavity with the pudding/custard and sprinkle with coconut, cocoa nibs, sprinkles or icing sugar and serve with whipped cream.
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