31Jul/130

Recipe Challenge – July: Wine & Honey Roasted Pears with Chocolate Ganache & Whipped Cream

I like to watch cooking shows. Usually it's some sort of show Chef Ramsey is in. My favorite though is Master Chef. I love seeing what all of these non-professional home cooks can come up with. Once in awhile, a poached pear crosses the competition line, and it always looks freakin' fantastic. I wanted to make a version of my own for fruit month, and decided to go with Wine & Honey Roasted Pears with a Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream. Sounds a little more difficult than it really is. And, if you have guests over this recipe is easily doubled or tripled without creating a lot of extra work.
Ingredients:

Roasted Pears -

  • 2 to 3 - Firm but ripe pears
  • 2 Cups - Sauvignon blanc
  • 1 Cup - Water
  • 2.5 TBSP - Honey
  • 1/4 Cup - Granulated Sugar

Chocolate Ganache -

  • 1/2 Cup - Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup - Semi Sweet Chocolate

Whipped Cream -

  • 1/2 Cup - Heavy Cream
  • 1 TBSP - Powdered Sugar

Process:

Roasted Pears -

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine honey, water, wine, and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a slow boil. Continue to boil for 30 minutes until liquid has reduced by half.
  3. Peel, cut, and core pears. Place cut side up in a baking dish just big enough to hold the pears and the syrup.
  4. Pour syrup over pears and bake for 40 minutes. Turn pears every 10 minutes to insure even cooking in the syrup.
  5. Allow to cool a bit before serving with chocolate ganache and whipped cream. (If the pears are too hot everything will melt right off of them.)

Chocolate Ganache -

  1. Heat cream on low until it comes to a simmer.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate until fully melted and combined.

Whipped Cream -

  1. Beat the cream using the whisk attachment in your stand mixer until soft peaks form. (You can also do this by hand or use a hand mixer.)
  2. Fold in powdered sugar.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 


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