Poached pears have always seemed a little scandalous to me. Pale, tender, curvaceous pears slip their clingy skins to skinny dip in a syrupy concoction, then brazenly pose on a little plate in all of their glory. They’re like the Victoria Secret models of the fruit dessert world. Fortunately, they’re completely family friendly and perfectly safe to share with children and husbands alike. They’re a great way to whip up a simple dessert and you can find poached pear recipes from the simplest (simmered in a plain simple syrup) to the extravagant (simmered in wine with exotic spices). When I’m feeling extra indulgent, I like to drizzle mine with chocolate ganache.
Imagine a buttery chocolate pastry crust so crisp you hear it snap as you cut into it with the side of a fork. It’s filled with sweet yet tangy homemade raspberry jam that’s smothered in a rich chocolate ganache filling tasting like the most expensive chocolate pudding in the world. The creamy chocolate goodness is topped with plump and juicy raspberries that spurt juice into your mouth with every bite, and finished with the finest dusting of powdered sugar, like the sprinkling of the last snow of the season.
Now stop imagining, because I promise, you can make this!