Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spice Pears


If you haven't had spice pears, you are missing out!  They are these lovely little yellow pears about the size of a kiwi, and they have a sweet tart flavor with a buttery texture.  I had bought some a few days back, and was just simply snacking on them because they are so good on their own, but then I thought, why not make a spiced spice pear dessert?  So I decided on a parfait because something a little creamy and dreamy sounded good along with the spiced fruit!  I spiced up my pears with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, scented them with vanilla and added some golden raisins to them, because I love golden raisins with spices!  Then I made some tofu creme for my something creamy in the parfait, because I enjoy it every bit as much as real cream, but it is a lot kinder on the system.  I spiced the creme with a bit of cinnamon, and scented it with vanilla and almond.  I thought that the parfait was needing a little something crunchy on top, so I made a batch of sweet and salty crunchy sesame almonds to top it off.  It was a beautiful dessert with the layers of the golden pears and the lightly colored creme in a glass!  But even better was how it tasted...the smooth cool sweet creme, and the spiced slightly tart pears together...and the crunchy almond sesame mix on top, heavenly!  Party in my mouth!  And I would never have been able to tell it didn't contain cream if I hadn't created the dessert myself.  Whip some up this fall if you would like a delicious treat! 


Spice Pear and Almond Sesame Parfaits
Makes 4

Pears:
8 Spice Pears (about 2 cups) cut into medium dice
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
a pinch sea salt

Creme:
1 pkg silken tofu
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp agave nectar
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup raw white sesame seeds

nut topping:
3/4 cups sliced almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar
2 tsp maple sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt

To prepare pears, place  them in a medium saucepan with the agave nectar and spices over medium heat. Heat, stirring often until the pears have softened about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, and sea salt. Let mixture cool completly then chill until cold. To make creme, combine all ingredients in a food processor until very smooth. Place in the fridge to chill until very cold before assembling parfaits.
To make nut topping, heat oven to 375, line a baking sheet with foil, and spray with non-stick spray. Toss nuts and seeds with agaven nectar, sugar, and sea salt and mix until well combined. Spread out on prepared sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes until seeds are fragrant and toasted. Remove pan from oven and let cool completley. You will only need some of these for the parfait recipe, so you can snack on the rest!
When ready to assemble, line up 4 12 oz glasses. Place a third of the creme in the bottom of each, dividing evenly between the three.  Top with half the pear mixute, dividing evenly between the three, then half the remaining creme, then the rest of the pears, then the last of the creme, and top with the almond sesame mixture, about 2 Tbsp each. Serve immediately or store in the fridge.

3 comments:

  1. Lol, I love it. spiced spice pears. I haven't hard of spice pears before.. i'll have to keep my eye out for them. ... I think that's one of the things I love most about reading all these food blogs - I've heard about SO many foods and spices that I had never heard of before!

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  2. That looks great! I wouldn't think pears would go so well in a parfaits.

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