It’s sometimes a little intimidating to open that box of puff pastry—but once you try it, you find it’s almost like playing.  Here’s a really playful, but very sophisticated looking dessert.  Cut out shapes, prepare the fruit, add some sweetness, and you’re almost done.  A lovely, end-of-dinner treat.  This recipe makes about 10 servings, but reduces easily.

  • 4 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
  • 5 pears, halved, cored and peeled
  • 4 tblsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • A bit of cinnamon or allspice powder
  • Egg wash—1 egg beaten with 1 tblsp water

Make yourself a pear-shaped paper pattern using a pear half—make the pattern at least ½” larger than pear, all around.  Combine melted butter, sugar and spice.  On a floured surface, roll out one pastry sheet at a time and cut out pear shapes with a sharp knife.  Put pear shapes on 2 parchment lined baking sheets, brush with egg wash and prick several times with fork.  Center pear halves, cut side down, on pastry pear shapes.  Using your hands, pack about 2 tsps of butter/sugar on and around each pear.  Bake in pre-heated 400’ oven 20-25 minutes—pastries will be golden brown and pears fork-tender when done.

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