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Chocolate Pear Crisps

chocolate pear crispLast week my friend gave me some pears from the tree in his garden. Apart from obviously being very grateful for this little gift I also wondered what on earth I was going to do with them! I do like pears but not necessarily to eat on their own. So after a little bit of research through a fair few recipes I came across this one for chocolate pear crisps from the Good Food website written by Mary Cadogan. Further research on this lady led me to her website and it appears she runs cookery courses in France and a very lovely bed and breakfast – worth a look!

So, onto the recipe for these delicioius chocolate pear crisps. If I changed anything I would probably double the whole recipe just to fill my ramekins a littleĀ further and in doing so it would make a couple more. However, give them a try and see what you think. I can tell you that they are only 140 calories each which I think is great.

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe pears
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1tbsp light muscavado sugar
  • 4tsp Poire William liqueur or cognac (optional)

For the topping:

  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 1 egg white

Method:

Heat the oven to 160/fan 140/gas 3.

Chop the pears into small pieces and put in a pan with the lemon juice and sugar. Bring to the boil, then cover and cook for 10 minutes. Uncover, then cook for 8-10 minutes more until the juices thicken up.

Spoon into 4 x 150ml ramekins and add a teaspoon of liqueur to each, if using.

For the topping, sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, then stir in the almonds. Whisk the egg white until stiff, then fold into the dry ingredients.

Spoon over the pears and shake the ramekins to level the mixture.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the topping is firm to the touch. Serve warm or cold.

The picture below is of my own attempt!

Lucy's attempt!

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