Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sassy Sweets: Pearamisu

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For a recipe contest last week, I made Pearamisu--I used slices of pear instead of lady fingers.  I didn't win, but, it was definitely one of my more interesting dishes to make.  It features 3 distinct USA Pears; which made it a really interesting texture and flavor combo! 

John loves Tiramisu and I try to make it whenever I have the money to buy marscapone cheese, and time!  This is a version that really showcases the pears.  If you are intimidated by caramel sauce, use a bottled caramel sauce and cook the pears in it.  While it won't give the same depth of flavors, it's a quick and easy substitute!  I just love quick and easy!
Pearamisu
Ingredients:
2 Comice Pears
2 Bartlett Pears
2 Red Bartlett Pears
2 cups sugar
2 ounces ginger root (peeled and sliced thinly)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons instant espresso
16 ounces Marscapone Cheese
2 tablespoons amaretto
6 ounces of good dark chocolate, shaved

Cut all pears lengthwise into thin strips.  Next, measure 1 3/4 cup of sugar and spread in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. As the sugar starts to liquefy, shake the pan to let the liquid sugar heat and melt the remaining sugar crystals. When all the sugar is melted and a deep amber color, add the pear, the ginger pieces, and cinnamon sticks.  Cook the pears for ten minutes until softened through, stirring so all the caramel will melt again.  Remove from the heat and remove the pears immediately.  Let cool.  Then, using all three pear types, layer in a glass loaf pan until the bottom is covered (about 1/4 of the pears).  In another bowl, mix marscapone cheese, remaining sugar, instant espresso, and amaretto until fluffy.  Spread 1/4 of the mixture onto layered pears.  Top with 1/4 of the dark chocolate shavings.  Repeat, ending with the marscapone mixture on top; decoratively sprinkle the remaining chocolate shavings over the top reserving some, if you wish, to garnish individual plates.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight before serving.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow; Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Not just because of how much great food there is on the table, but also because it revolves around being with those you love; not the amount of presents you gave (or have to give)...and every American celebrates it so no one is left out.  LOVE Thanksgiving. 

Until the next time my oven is on...

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