Funny enough baked/poached pears was one of the recipes I always wanted to make but never have done....I can't understand it myself.....my mum never made it, I've never eaten it anywhere but somehow it has always drawn my attention when I'd seen it in magazines or somewhere on the net.
So I thought to myself ''right, lets DO IT'' but wasn't really sure how it was gonna turn out.
And WOW!Can someone tell me why I hesitate for so long?!It's soooo goood!Simple and scrumptious!Love it!And the hazelnuts covered in butter and vanilla.....No words :) TRY IT!
20g caster sugar
1 vanilla pod
handful of hazelnuts, cut in halves
1.Preheat the oven 190C/170C FAN/GAS 5
2.Grease an oven dish with a little butter. Peel the pears,cut in half lengthways,scoop cores and place them in a dish,cut-side up. Cut vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Mix the vanilla seeds with sugar and sprinkle over pears. Cut vanilla pod into four pieces and place in a dish. Cut remaining butter into little squares and dot over the pears. Sprinkle with hazelnuts.
3. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The baking time will depend on size, variety and ripeness of your pears. Prick with end of sharp knife to check if they are ready(should be soft). Ideally pour juices over every 15 minutes.
4. If you boring like me, you can enjoy them on their own or with some Greek style natural yoghurt. If you like to be a little bit naughty you can try them with some ice cream - but shhhh.....I haven't told you this ;)