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Air-Fryer Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry

A honey of a salute to late-summer pear season, this cozy dessert looks both elegant and decadent. Wrapped in puff pastry, the pears resemble little beehives. —Heather Baird, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 small pears
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 small lemon, halved
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 6 to 8 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Directions

  • Core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. Peel pears; cut 1/4 in. from the bottom of each to level if necessary.
  • In a large saucepan, combine water, sugar, honey, lemon halves, cinnamon and cloves. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add bean and seeds to sugar mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; place pears on their sides in saucepan and poach, uncovered, until almost tender, basting occasionally with poaching liquid, 16-20 minutes.
  • Remove pears with a slotted spoon; cool slightly. Strain and reserve 1-1/2 cups poaching liquid; set aside.
  • Preheat air fryer to 325°. Unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 1/2-in.-wide strips. Brush lightly with beaten egg. Starting at the bottom of a pear, wrap a pastry strip around pear, adding additional strips until pear is completely wrapped in pastry. Repeat with remaining pears and puff pastry.
  • Place pears in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring reserved poaching liquid to a boil; cook until liquid is thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes. Place pears on dessert plates and drizzle with syrup. Serve warm.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in an oven.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 pear with 3 tablespoons syrup: 536 calories, 18g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 92g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 9g fiber), 7g protein.

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