Friday, August 2, 2013

Caramelized pears with cinnamon swirls

Sometimes in life all you need is a ridiculously decadent dessert but without all that prep and major stress...well look no further below is the recipe for my swirly cinnamon cups filled with caramelised pears and toasted almonds...

For this recipe you will need:
1 roll of puff pastry
6 pears
100g of dark chocolate
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of ground almonds
1/2 cup of toasted almond flakes
Extra brown sugar 

So lets gets started firstly unroll your pastry out flat then evenly sprinkle your cinnamon, sugar + ground almond onto your pastry.

Next roll up your pastry like it was in the beginning + cut into 8 pieces. At this point you will see the cinnamony swirls beaming back at you they look divine. 

With your rolling pin or with a glass tumbler which ever comes to hand  gently flatten each swirly section like a saucer. Once their all flattened sit each of them in to a cupcake tray + pop into your preheated oven @ 160' for 20minutes or until lightly golden.

While your cinnamon swirly cups are baking away peel + roughly dice your pears then pop them in a pot with with the smallest nob of butter. Once your pears have began to bubble + soften sprinkle in 1/2 a table spoon of light brown sugar this will help caramelise the pears. Gently test the pears with a cake tester to see if they are fully cooked the last thing you want is your pears to resemble baby mush, that would be a major fail!!!

Ok so your cinnamon swirly cups are baked and out of the oven cooling on a baking tray, your pears are ready for take off. So the last things to prepare before you assemble this magical dessert are to toast the almonds on the pan + melt your plain chocolate over a double boiler.

On your dinky serving dish place out your swirly cinnamon cups, spoon in a small amount of the pears into each cup. Next drizzle over the melted chocolate + lastly sprinkle on the toasted almonds YUM!!!

This dish will get you major brownie points for really very little stress at all

Rebecca x

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