A Luscious Floral Delight
This is the perfect way to end a dinner with friends. Warm poached pears, melting into creamy coconut ice cream, drizzled with luscious rosewater maple syrup.
Super simple to put together, it’s mostly a matter of throwing ingredients in the pot and giving them a brief simmer. Feel free to make your own ice cream if you’re feeling fancy, but store bought is just fine, and it will be elevated by the pears and rose maple.
The bright, floral fragrance of the rose water contrasts perfectly with the earthy richness of the maple syrup, creating a dish that will bring delight to all who taste it.
Don’t feel like you have to use expensive wine here, anything smooth will work, as you’re cooking out lots of the volatile aromas in the wine anyhow.
This is another great base recipe to play with, and as you get more confident and experimental you can take it anywhere you want! See the notes at the end for a few ideas on how to mix it up.
We ate this around the fire pit with beautiful friends, to end our first dinner party after Covid restrictions eased. It is a little bit of luxury to share with those you love.
- 3 firm pears, peeled & sliced into wedges
- 1.5 cup soft red or sweet white wine
- 1.5 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar or honey
- Small sprinkle of rose petals
- (optional) zest of an orange
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp rosewater
- 1 tub ice cream – we used Pana Organic Salted Caramel Dairy Free Ice Cream , but just pick your favourite
Add the wine, water, sugar, and zest if using to a medium saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the pears and let them poach at a low simmer until tender. Be careful not to let them go too far, you want them soft but not mushy.
Mix together maple syrup and rosewater. Add just a little rosewater at first, and then adjust to taste. The rose fragrance adds a luscious and complex note, but using too much can easily overpower the whole dessert.
Scoop ice cream into bowls and top with poached pears, rose maple syrup, and rose petals. Best eaten around a fire with people you love, but it’s equally delicious on a quiet night in…
Mix it up!
This is a recipe you can play with in so many ways. Try adding ginger or cinnamon to the poaching liquid, or any other warming spices like ginger, cardamom, fennel, even Szechuan peppercorns. You could try adding the zest & juice of lemons, grapefruits, or another citrus.
You can reduce the poaching liquid and use it as a syrup for the pears, adding rosewater to the resulting sauce.