Recipe by Aunt Cookie
I recently acquired a bottle of pear brandy and wasn't too sure what to do with it (besides drink it, obviously). I found this recipe on-line and plan to make it soon. I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS YET so I can't guarantee that it's good. I'll repost when I've tried it.
- 4 ripe pears (about 1-1/2 lbs total weight)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons pear brandy
- 8 egg whites
- 3 tablespoons sugar
For the pastry cream
- 3⁄4 cup whole milk
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- confectioners' sugar
Directions See How It's Made
- For the pastry cream: Scald the milk. Beat the egg yolks with sugar until light and thick. Stir in the flour and cornstarch.
- Stir half the hot milk into the egg mixture. Then add that mixture to the remaining hot milk in the pan.
- Bring to a boil, whisking until the pastry cream thickens. Simmer for 2 minutes.
- Rub the surface of the hot cream with some butter.
- For the souffle: Peel and core the pears and put them along with the lemon juice into a food processor.
- Purée the pears and then pour into a saucepan.
- Cook the purée for 10-15 minutes. It should be thick enough to hold a shape. Allow to cool.
- Stir the cooled purée into the pastry cream and add the pear brandy. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the surface of the pear cream. It can be refrigerated up to 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 425°F Thoroughly butter a 2-qt. soufflé dish.
- Whip the egg whites until stiff, then beat in the sugar and continue beating until they are glossy.
- Reheat the pear cream (if necessary) until it is hot to the touch.
- Fold one-quarter of the egg whites into the warm pear cream, mixing thouroughly.
- Gently fold the cream into the rest of the egg whites and pour into the prepared dish.
- Bake the soufflé in a heated oven 20-25 minutes. The soufflé should be puffed and brown.
- To Serve, dust with powdered sugar.