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Author Notes: This is a delightful fall dessert that is light and delicate, but offers so much flavor and hardly any guilt. —Jacquilyn in the Kitchen
For the pears
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 3 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 earl grey tea bags, label or paper removed
- 3 medium Bartlett or D'anjou pears, cut in half, do not remove core yet
- 1. Bring milk, water, tea bags and cinnamon stick to a simmer over medium low heat (do not allow to boil) in a large saucepan. Place pears cut side down and make sure they are mostly submerged in liquid (if not, add more water and milk in equal proportions). Keep at a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out easily and pears are tender.
- 2. Remove the pears from the liquid and place on a plate lined with parchment paper. Put the pears in the freezer for 15 minutes to cool down. Remove from freezer and take out the core (leave the stem) and make sure to keep the sides of the pear in tact. Return to freezer for a few more minutes.
For the pecans and whipped cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 shots whiskey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 1. While the pears are cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Melt the butter, brown sugar and whiskey together over medium heat. Stir frequently as it begins to caramelize. Lower the heat and cook for a few more minutes. Turn off the heat and put the pecans in the pan, making sure to coat them well. Dump the pecans onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool and break apart nuts if they are stuck together.
- 2. To make the whipped cream, pour cream in a large bowl and use a whisk attachment of either a hand mixer or stand mixer. Mix on high until the cream begins to thicken, then add maple syrup and cinnamon. Continue to mix until the cream is thick and stiff peaks form when you pull the whisk attachment out of the cream.
- 3. To assemble: remove pears from freezer and place on a serving plate, dollop a big spoonful of whipped cream in the center of the pear, place a few pecans on top and on the sides and sprinkle with cinnamon.