Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
I got this out of a Spanish cooking magazine called "Cocina Facil" while there over Christmas. What an elegant dish to serve guests! And you wouldn't believe how easy it is...
- 4 pears, peeled,but left intact,stems and all
- 6 ounces nestle baking chocolate
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1⁄2 fluid ounces calvados or 1 1⁄2 fluid ounces apple brandy or 1 1⁄2 fluid ounces cognac (optional)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- fresh ground black pepper
- Place water in a medium sized saucepan, add sugar and bring to a boil (to make the syrup).
- Boil 5 minutes, and then add pears.
- Boil 10 more minutes (or until tender, but NOT mushy--they should still be firm), gently turning several times.
- Allow pears to cool to room temperature in the syrup.
- Heat cream, butter and chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is disolved.
- Add a little bit of the syrup from the pears and the liquer and whisk until the sauce has a smooth texture, not too thin.
- Place pears in serving bowls or dessert cups, and cover with chocolate sauce.
- Sprinkle with just a bit of freshly ground black pepper.
OOOOHHH!!!!! This was soooo good!! I doubled the syrup & pears & had enough chocolate sauce. I also used Belle de Brillet - FANTASTIC pear brandy. The pepper is subtle but fabulous! We absolutely loved ths dessert which was mostly made ahead & perfect for WOWing guests! Made for Port & Pimenton: Tag and Plan a Tapas Party Menu CONTEST.