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Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

4 servings

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
Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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

  1. Core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. Peel pears; cut 1/4 in. from the bottom of each to level if necessary.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the 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.
  3. Remove pears with a slotted spoon; cool slightly. Strain and reserve 1-1/2 cups poaching liquid; set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. Transfer to a parchment-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake on a lower oven rack at 400° until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  6. 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 pear with 3 tablespoons syrup: 518 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 92g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 9g fiber), 5g protein.

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