Couple of weeks ago I took the baby, Aleksandra, and my now preschooler, Ana, out to our backyard for a little picnic. According to Ana, our backyard is “the forest”. We set up our blanket and food under the pear tree and had the best 15 minutes of this Summer; tea sandwiches, juices, and fruits.
To the right of this photo are all our fruit trees; apple, plum, fig, pear, peach… What you see in the middle is our vegetable garden, in front of that is another fruit tree, quince, and somewhere in between all this is our house right behind the grape vine.
As we nibbled on our sandwiches I looked up at the pears and was pretty surprised to see that they were about ready to be picked and dealt with.
Don’t be surprised if you see pear recipes popping up every day on this site. We have a lot of pears. We already gave a bushel to one of our neighbors. Getting ready to give away couple more.
These poached pears were the first of the many desserts I decided to make. In fact, this is how I deal with most of the pears every year; poach them in simple syrup and then put them in jars. What’s great about that is that they stay good for an entire year, and a quick dessert is only a twist of a lid away.
The recipe for these blushing pears was given to my Mom many years ago from one of her customers. The difference here is that these pears are poached in water, not syrup, with Jell-O powder. You want to serve these either right away, or refrigerate and serve within 24 hours. The only things you need to serve with these pears is a side of whipped cream, a drizzle of honey and chopped walnuts. Easy to prepare, yet elegant and classy.
When you are done with the pears, pour the remaining of the liquid into dessert dishes and refrigerate for a few hours before serving up another dessert – Jello!
- 4 cups of water
- 2 Jell-O packets (3-ounces each), or gelatin powder, strawberry or raspberry flavored
- 4 Bosc pears, peeled, leaving stem on
- chopped walnuts
- whipped cream
- Pour the water into a large pot and mix in the gelatin powders.
- Bring water to a boil and stir to dissolve the powder.
- Add in the pears and partially cover the pot with a lid.
- Simmer on medium-low heat for 30 to 35 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently for even color.
- Remove pears and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Drizzle honey and nuts over the pears and serve with a side of whipped cream.