This weekend I went through the cupboards and put all my spices and flours in lovely see-through boxes from my favourite store. Whilst rafting through my wrapped up vanilla pods, I realised that one of the small wraps were dried and feared they might all be ruined. As I also had to cans of pears at home, I decided to make a dessert with what I had and found a great recipe on SmittenKitchen’s website for vanilla roasted pears.
I quickly read through it last night and when I started making it this morning, I realised I didn’t really follow the recipe at all… Oh well, this is what I did!
Vanilla roasted pears
2 cans of pear halves in fruit juice
2 small dessert pears
2 vanilla pods (recipe called for ½ but I felt I needed to use up my dried ones in order to put in my ethyritol jar)
sweetener (I use a mix of ethyritol, xylitol and fructose)
half a lemon
I poured the fruit juice from the pears in a pot with the vanilla pods and water and let it boil for about half an hour until my vanilla pods were soft. I then split them and scraped out all the vanilla caviar and let it all boil in the pot for another half an hour. I peeled, halved and cored the two pears and placed all the pears in an oven proof dish, cut side up. The lemon was squeezed over all the halves, a bit of sweetener was sprinkled on and small nobs of butter were placed on the pears. After this, I poured on all the liquid and placed it in the middle of the oven, 175 degrees (c) for about 30 minutes when some of the pears had a golden colour and smelled divine.
This all disappeared very fast when served with an amazing Madagascan vanilla ice cream that slowly melted over the pears….