Stacey likes to surprise me. Hiding behind doors, jumping out of closets and with her kitchen creations.
The woman keeps me on my toes and my heart and stomach full.
This dessert developed from a special delivery from Stacey’s parents. A large bag of pears from a farm in Creston, Ca. A generous gift of sweet gems that were destined to be made into a package almost too cute to eat.
At last I did eat the pear, wrapped in pastry and with a cranberry and raisin surprise inside. Gooey, flaky, juicy and a close cousin to my beloved pie. This was a dessert fit for a king or a web designer needing a pick- me up.
I will take any of Stacey’s surprises… even the occasional springing out of the closet in the dark of night with a big smiley cackle.
The Pear Surprise (6 servings)
- 6 Pears
- 1 package of puff pastry (sheet, thawed)
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and peel pears, set aside. In a small bowl mix cinnamon, sugar, cranberries, raisins and pinch of salt together. Cut pears in half. Carefully remove inside of pear core. Stuff pears with mixture. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Cut the pastry sheet crosswise 1/2 inch strips. Begin wrapping strips from the top to the bottom. A pear will need at least 6 strips of puff pastry. Place on baking sheet. Bake pears till golden brown, around 25 minutes. Serve with ice cream or just as is.
To make the pears more sweet. Brush the pastry dough with water and sprinkle with sugar. (I think it is sweet enough without sugar)
How about some homemade caramel?