I have been working with roasting pears recently. For Thanksgiving I am suggesting this recipe as a final course. Although this could easily be adapted as a salad course, here I am developing it as a dessert. You can easily double or triple this recipe. In fact you could easily double the portion, if folks were not feasting so much before. I learned about the treating pecans with molasses and tamari from a recipe by Michel Nischan several years ago. I am adding a natural maple flavor extract. —Sagegreen
Barltett pears, halved, cored and pared
fresh grated nutmeg
unsalted butter for pan
Maytag blue cheese
shelled whole pecans
a few drops of "natural maple flavor"
dusting of cinnamon
dash of kosher salt
maple syrup, warmed
fresh lemon juice
splash of Poire Williams eau de vie, optional
In This Recipe
Lightly butter the bottom of a dish for roasting the pears. Place the pair of pared halved pears in the dish. Grate the nutmeg over the top of the pears before roasting in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until softened.
Blend the molasses, tamari, and a few drops of maple flavor, together with a bit of kosher salt. Coat the pecans thoroughly. Dust with a touch of cinnamon. On a sheet of parchment paper upon a baking sheet line up the coated pecans. Roast in the 375 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes until somewhat dried, but of course not burned.
Plate each pear half. Add a crumple of blue cheese and a few pecans. Whisk the warmed maple syrup with the lemon juice before spooning over the top. Add a splash of pear brandy if desired for the final grace of a meal. Don't annoy your guests about the possible homophones.