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Pear and Custard Dessert
From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com.
3-4 pears, peeled
First poach the pears. Combine the wine, sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and peppercorns in a glass or ceramic batter bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Stir to dissolve the sugar, heating about 1 minute more if necessary. Place the pears in the hot syrup mixture, cover, and microwave on high, using 3 minutes per pear as a guide. Allow to cool. In meantime, in another batter bowl, heat the milk and sugar on high for 2 minutes. Whisk well, and microwave another 1-2 minutes to dissolve the sugar. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks very well, and then gradually add just a small amount of the hot milk mixture to the eggs, whisking well, to warm them. (tempering) Then whisk them into the hot milk and microwave on high for 1 minute. Whisk well. Cook 1 more minure, or until thickened slightly. It will be quite thin. Gently whisk in the vanilla and crème fraîche. To serve, arrange the pear halves in a baking dish or a plate, drizzle with the sauce, sprinkle with the brown sugar, and put under the broiler just until the custard starts to brown. Garnish with mint leaves and serve with a big spoon.
Recipe created 1996-10-07.