Poached Pear

Poached Pear "Crostini"



Poached Pears
1 qt. Dry red wine
1-1/2 cups Sugar
2 strip Lemon zest
1 sprig Fresh thyme
1 each Fresh Bosc pears, peeled, cut lengthwise in half and cored
Spiced Walnuts
1/8 each Egg whites
1-1/2 cups Walnut pieces
1/4 cups Cayenne pepper
Cream Cheese Spread
1 cups Chocolate syrup
1/2 cups Gingerroot, grated
Crostini Assembly
3 slices Prepared pound cake, cut into 2-oz. oval-shaped slices
1 cups Crystallized ginger, finely chopped


Preparation Steps
  • Poached Pears:
  • Cook
    First 4 ingredients in pan large enough to completely cover the pears with liquid. Add pear halves; simmer on medium-low heat 20 min. or just until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain pears.
  • Spiced Walnuts:
  • Hand
    Beat egg whites until frothy. Add remaining ingredients; stir until coated. Spread onto bottom of parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) convection oven 5 to 7 min. or until nuts are dry. Cool.
  • Cream Cheese Spread:
  • Mix
    Ingredients until blended.
  • For each plating (3 servings):
  • Arrange
    3 cake slices on plate; spread each with about 1-1/2 Tbsp. (22 mL) Cream Cheese Spread. Cut each of 2 pear halves into 8 lengthwise slices; fan about 5 pieces on each cake slice. Sprinkle evenly with 1-1/2 Tbsp. (22 mL) Spiced Walnuts and 1 tsp. (5 mL) ginger. Serve with 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) chocolate sauce.
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