Caramelized Pears with Creme Anglaise

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • 25 minutes
  • 2 servings
Caramelized Pears with Creme Anglaise

It’s time to bring extra-finesse into your kitchen. Do it with an exquisite dessert inspired by French cuisine. Caramelize pears by cooking them in butter. Flavor them with rosemary and cinnamon and add a sour touch with some lemon. But this would not be complete without crème anglaise, the celebrated vanilla-flavored custard.

Ingredients

For the pears:

2 pears
1 ounce butter
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 lemon slices

For the custard:

½ cup milk
2 vanilla beans
3 yolks
½ cup powdered sugar

Steps

  1. For the pears:Halve the pears and remove their core using a baller or a teaspoon. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the rosemary, cinnamon sticks, and the pear halves with the peel side up. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then turn and cook for approximately the same amount of time.
  3. Sprinkle the brown sugar, add the lemon slices, and remove from heat.
  4. For the custard:Add the milk to a pot over low-medium heat.
  5. Make a long, lengthwise cut on each vanilla bean using a knife. Scrape the pulp into the milk pot. Whisk and bring to a simmer. Set aside.
  6. Add the yolks to a bowl. Start whisking them while gradually adding the powdered sugar. Whisk until you have a smooth cream.
  7. Continue to whisk while gradually adding the vanilla-milk mixture.
  8. Return pot over low heat. Cook and stir until the custard thickens, or for about 5 minutes.

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