Photo Courtesy of Cat CoraSent to us from Cat Cora's Kitchen by Gaea, this recipe for baked pears continues our experimentation with desserts and olive oil. While they may not seem to go together, Iron Chef Cat Cora thinks differently and pairs them with chocolate ice cream — which goes with anything, in our opinion. Not only is this a light alternative to that after-dinner craving, it's a great way to impress your friends and family!
Baked Pears With Chocolate Ice Cream and Olive Oil
Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate ice cream
- 2 3/4 tablespoon butter
- 4 tablespoon brown sugar
- 8 pears, peeled and cut in half, seeds removed
- Juice and zest of 1 orange
- Black peppercorns
- 4 tablespoon Cat Cora's Kitchen DOP Kalamata (Sitia) extra virgin olive oil
Place shallow pan over heat and add butter and sugar. Stirring constantly over low flame, allow mixture to caramelize. Add pears and turning over frequently, cook them for about 10 minutes or until they caramelize. Add orange zest and juice and remove pan from heat.
Place a large scoop of chocolate ice cream in each bowl and arrange 2 pears around it together with the pan liquid. Sprinkle with black pepper and drizzle pears with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.