Baked Pear Parcels with Lemon Chamomile Sauce

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on January 19, 2009

 

baked pear

The MLK weekend and the Presidential Inauguration tomorrow have put me in a festive mood. Despite the freezing temperatures, I’m feeling celebratory. So much so that I took the trouble to make the crust from scratch for this dish. The crust is actually easy to make, it just takes time. Its worth the effort though. The pears wrapped and baked in the dough look gorgeous. I got the idea from this recipe on the BBC Good Food website. This tastes like a pear pie but looks infinitely better!

Baked Pear Parcels
makes 2 generous servings

Bosch Pears -2 (ripe but firm)
Walnuts – 3 tbsp
Brown sugar – 2 tbsp
Flour – 1 tbsp

For the crust
All purpose flour – 4 oz
Butter – 4 oz (I used Land O’ Lakes light butter)
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Salt – a pinch
Vanilla extract – 1/8 tsp

Preheat oven to 375F.

To make the crust, combine all ingredients (flour through vanilla) in a bowl. Using your finger tips, rub the butter into the flour. Do not knead. Rub the flour and butter till it forms a crumbly mixture. Press the crumbs into a ball. Cover the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

While the dough is in the fridge, work on the pears. Peel the pears. Make a thin slice on the bottom of the pears so that they can sit stably. Core the pears and remove the seeds. I used the tip of a potato peeler to do this.

Crush the walnuts lightly. Combine them with the brown sugar and flour. Fill the cored inside of the pear with the walnut-sugar mixture. Pack the mixture into the pear cavity.

When the dough is chilled, take it out of the fridge and divide it into two. Roll out each portion into a rough round. Place a pear in the middle of one dough round. Lift the sides of the dough up and press together over the pear to form a parcel. This doesn’t have to be perfect. Pinch off any excess dough. Patch up any empty spots (dip you finger tips in water to seal edges).

Brush the pear parcels with milk or egg wash. Bake in the over for 50-60 minutes or until the pear parcels are golden. Cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serve with lemon chamomile sauce (recipe below), ice cream or whipped cream.

Lemon Chamomile Sauce

Water – 1 1/2 cups
Chamomile tea bags – 2
Lemon juice – 1 1/2 tbsp
Malbec Jam - 3 tbsp (click here to win a bottle of Malbec Jam!). Alternatively, use 3 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of red wine.
Brown sugar – 1 tbsp, you can use regular sugar instead. Use more sugar for a sweeter sauce.
Lemon zest – 1/8 tsp

Boil the water in a sauce pan. When the water comes to a boil, add the chamomile tea bags. Boil for 30 seconds. Turn off heat and let the tea steep for about 7 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Turn the heat back on and add all the remaining ingredients to the tea. Simmer till the sauce has reduced to about 60% of its original volume.

Serve with baked pear parcels.

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1 Ruth Brown April 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I woould like to try this but you do not indicate what temp the oven should be on.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Ive indicated the oven temp under the list of ingredients. Its 375F.

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2 Warren July 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Sala,
How did you get the crust to stay on the pear so perfectly? When I baked my pears the crust fell off the pear and left holes. What happened is the butter starts to melt in the dough which gave it form and started to slide down the pear. I would appreciate your help on any pointers on what you did.

Your photos are great. Do you have any pointer for me on taking pictures of food?

Thanks again,
Warren

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

You could try chilling the rolled out dough before covering the pear with. Or try dustingn the pear with some flour so its not too wet, and the dough will stick to it. Also make sure you gently but firmly press the dough on to the pear, using both hands.

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3 tony November 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Is there any water used to make the dough?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

no, there is enough butter to hold the dough together.

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