Hello friends!! I’m feeling like we need to celebrate due to the fact that we’ve survived 2020 thus far. We are slightly the worse for wear, but stronger of spirit and proud that we still look forward to tomorrow, even when some days it turns out there doesn’t seem to be much to high five ourselves about. These are good times to look up at the sky, take a big breath of fresh air and kick a few fall leaves. We can still be amazed at the beautiful colors of autumn, count our blessings, and reach out to those who have fewer blessings to count. Let’s let our loved ones know we care, and they still hold a special place in our hearts even though we aren’t frantically texting or emailing them every five seconds. I’ve been thinking of how to reach out to my loved ones, and it should be no surprise that I do this through food when at all possible. In that vein, I came up with the easy and actually fun recipe that would be a cinch to pack and share. If you can’t be with those you usually spend holidays with, a basket of champagne poached pears with salted caramel sauce and cinnamon puff pastry can be left on a doorstep with this recipe for instructions on how to put the whole works together. It will guarantee a joyous toast in your honor at any table.
Here’s an added bonus: this is actually three separate recipes in one. You can poach pears all by themselves and be happy as a clam. They are delicious on salads or, what the heck, drizzle them with melted chocolate! You can make caramel sauce to use on any number of things, from ice cream to apple pie, and puff pastry squares brushed with butter and dusted with cinnamon sugar is a happy accompaniment to any fruit or ice cream related dishes you can imagine. But put them all together in one spot and they sing the Halleluiah Chorus. The salted caramel sauce is spiked with just a hint of brandy and slides down those pears poached in sweetened champagne or any other favorite liquid, landing on a pillow of puff pastry that is crisp on the outside and flaky on the inside. See what I’m talking about??? Swooning and eyes rolling to the back of your head are to be expected….