Greetings and welcome to the first day of December. And…officially…. it is the first day of the Christmas Season! I thought….. wouldn’t it be fun to do the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ but over a month's span both with food, decorations and tablescapes. So…..
On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Brought to me A Partridge in a Pear Tree. But today we are doing:
A Pastry Partridge in a Red Pear Tree
This is a delicious dessert that I make… poaching pears red with a raspberry sauce, highlighted with hot fudge, ‘Chantilly cream’ and a charming pastry ‘Partridge’ and garnished with bay leaves. It not only tastes yummy but is a delight to adults and children alike. And since its nonalcoholic, children can enjoy too. It is a very simple but classic and elegant dessert that is easy and fast to make. It has a WOW factor! And makes a beautiful presentation and of course is absolutely delicious.
A Pastry Partridge in a Red Pear Tree (Recipe)
•1 64 oz. bottle cranberry-raspberry juce
•1 1/4 cups(s) of sugar, divided
•1 tsp. or more red food coloring
•1 cup(s) of heavy whipping cream
•4 ounce(s) Cream Cheese, softened
•1/2 to 1 tsp. raspberry extract
•1/3 cup(s) powdered sugar
•1 refrigerated pie crust dough (from a two crush package) little milk and course sugar
•1 12 oz. package frozen raspberries
•2 Tbsp. cornstarch
•8-12 whole bay leaves
•4 reserved whole thawed frozen raspberries for garnish (optional)
•1/3 cup(s) of warm hot fudge sauce
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.Pour cran-raspberry juice into a heavy deep 3-4 quart pot. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar & red food coloring. Stir. Put on stove and bring to a boil.
3. Peel and core the pears leaving the stem intact. Add the pears and simmer covered, turning occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes or until just tender. If necessary put a heavy small bowl or dish on top of pears to keep pears under the liquid.
4.Transfer pears to a plate or bowl and put in the freezer for 20 minutes if serving immediately. If serving later in the day just refrigerate until ready to use.
5.Put small serving plates in freezer or refrigerator to chill.
6.In a bowl whip cream. Set aside.
7.In a small bowl put cream cheese, raspberry extract and powdered sugar and mix until well blended.
8.Carefully fold cream cheese mixture into whipped cream until blended. If necessary cut a small slice off the bottom of the pear to get it to stand up. Fill a pastry bag or a heavy freezer ziplock bag with whipped cream mixture. Pipe cream cheese mixture into hole where core was and fill. Chill pears.
9.Unfold pie crust. With a small bird cookie cutter or with a sharp knife cut out shape of a small bird. Cut out at least 8-10 birds incase of breakage.
10.Put on a small baking sheet, Brush with milk and sprinkle with the coarse sugar and bake for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely. Set aside.
11.In small saucepan put the package of defrosted raspberries. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. In a small cup mix cornstarch with 1 cup of the cranraspberry juice the pears were cooked in. Add to raspberries and stir and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and pour into a small dish.
12.When ready to serve drizzle hot fudge in a zig zag back and forth manner across each individual small chilled plate.
13. Put a chilled pear in center of each plate on top of hot fudge.
14.Make a small slit by the stem and put a bay leaf in slit. Do this with each pear.
15.Put a spoonful of the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture by each pear. Position a 'pastry bird' on top of whipped cream. Add one or two more bay leaves by bird if desired. Garnish with 3 of the raspberries if desired.
16.Serve. Pass dish of thickened raspberries.
17.Makes 4 delicious, elegant servings.
Come back for Day two to Twelve as there will be lots of more great recipes. Also decorating ideas and fun tablescapes.
THANKYOU for joining me today.