‘It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption’. ~Edward Bunyard
‘There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat’. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I tend to agree that pears have a very limited ‘window of consumption opportunity’, and as a result I prefer them cooked. That way they pretty much always taste good.
Peel, quarter and de-cor about 4 pears (or however many you need). Place in a small oven proof baking dish with a lid. Pour over the Amaretto (I used about 80ml (1/3 of a cup) for 4 pears. Sprinkle over 2 Tbsp brown sugar. Mix a bit and then pop into a hot or moderate oven (180 – 200 degrees) for about 10 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream, pouring the sauce over and then sprinkle over a generous amount of toasted flaked almonds.
I love hot and cold together and soft and crunchy, and with this recipe, the pears are warm, sweet and soft, the ice cream is cold and the nuts are crunchy. So perfect.