Easy Pears Helene/French Poires Hélène

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Recipe by BecR2400

A classic French dessert, made super quick and easy!! Poires Helene was created around 1870 by Auguste Escoffier and named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 59.14 ml chocolate syrup
  • 4-8 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 4 canned pear halves, drained
  • 78.07 ml raspberry jam (or strawberry jam)
  • 14.79 ml hot water
  • crystallized violets, optional to garnish (or sliced almonds)


  1. In the bottom of each of 4 sherbet glasses or bowls, put 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup.
  2. On top of syrup, place 1 or 2 scoops of ice cream.
  3. Place pear half, cut side down, on top of each portion of ice cream.
  4. Combine jam and water in a separate bowl and spoon mixture over each pear.
  5. Garnish top with crystallized violets or sliced almonds, if desired.

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