chocolate pear pouches

December 11, 2012

I was so intrigued by this recipe because not only does it make for a beautiful presentation but it also includes one of my favorite winter fruits, pears, with my year-round/any time of day favorite treat, chocolate! This recipe is surprisingly easy to make, as long as you have about an hour and a half. You might surprise yourself by having all the ingredients in your freezer or pantry, which is even better.

Chocolate Pear Pouches from the Food Network


INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 small Bosc pears
  • 1 cup port or red wine
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed

DIRECTIONS

Peel the pears and, using a melon baller or paring knife, core from the bottom, leaving the stems intact. Combine the wine, 3 cups water, the sugar, dried cherries, cinnamon stick and cardamom in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the pears (add more water to submerge the pears, if necessary). Poach until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; let the pears cool in the liquid. (To make a day ahead, transfer the pears and liquid to a container, cover and refrigerate.)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the chocolate, walnuts, 1 tablespoon melted butter and a pinch each of sugar and salt in a bowl. Remove the pears from the liquid and stuff with some of the chocolate mixture. Simmer the poaching liquid over medium-high heat until syrupy, 20 to 25 minutes.
Lay out 1 sheet of phyllo, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Repeat the layering 2 more times. Cut the dough in half crosswise. Spoon the remaining chocolate mixture in the center of each piece and top with the pears, stem-side up. Pull up the corners of the phyllo to meet at the pear stem; pinch and twist the excess phyllo. Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Transfer the pouches to a baking sheet and bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with the cherry syrup.

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This is the perfect dessert to make for an intimate dinner party! 
xox

15 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! If you like giveaways I have one on my blog today!

    Lindsey
    thriftandshout.blogspot.com

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  2. YUM!!! Those look freaking fantastic!

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  3. Wow!! That presentation is stunning! And it looks delicious as well :)

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  4. Mara, these are so cute and look absolutely delectable!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  5. This is seriously a work of art!
    Have you taken any baking classes?

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  6. This looks so delicious

    Valentina
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

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  7. wow.. really it looks yummy.. i wanna try that :) Irene Wibowo

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  8. Wow that looks delicious! Will definitely give it a go :)

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  9. that looks so delicious!
    xx Allie
    http://www.a-songtopassthetime.blogspot.com

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  10. That looks really delicious Mara :)))
    Guten Appetit...

    Loves
    www.roomsgardens.blogspot.com

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