Every year at Christmas time, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of a Harry and David box. My husband’s boss always sends us the same thing: a box filled with truffles, cherry chocolates, Chocolate Moose Crunch popcorn, and pears. It is the pears we look forward to the most. They seem like a luxury. One is even wrapped in gold foil, which makes it seem even more special.
With the pears, I always make Swedish Pear Pie, a simple yet completely irresistible dessert. Inspired by this delicious holiday treat, I came up with a recipe for Pear Crumble Ice Cream. The flavor of the ice cream is very subtle (since pears have a rather subtle flavor to begin with) and needs to be the sole dessert item on the menu. (No other ice cream flavors, or they’ll overpower the light flavor of the pear). You can make a crumble topping to dress it up and add texture and flavor.
This is the perfect dessert to follow up a heavy meal. Or a light meal. Or a meal of any kind.
Time Commitment: Medium.
Personality: Light, subtle, refined.
At the Party: This woman is almost silent, never speaking unless spoken to. Her skin is alabaster, and almost translucent. She is loveliness personified.
Health Benefits of Ingredients: (Please see the Disclaimer)
Pears are high in fiber and can reduce inflammation in the colon, prevent constipation, and flush the digestive system of toxins.
I recommend the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker.
- 3 large ripe pears
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 2 c. heavy whipping cream
- 1 c. milk
- 1 c. sugar
- Crumble Topping for Ice Cream optional
Peel, core and slice pears. Saute in 1 Tbsp. butter over medium heat in a saucepan on the stove. When pears are softened and almost translucent, transfer to a blender and puree.
Pour pureed pears into a bowl and add sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Put in refrigerator to cool (about one hour).
When pear and sugar mixture is cool, add the milk and heavy whipping cream. Mix well, then add to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for several hours.
If you are adding the crumble topping into the ice cream, break it up into bite-sized chunks and fold it in the ice cream after transferring it to the airtight container. Try not to just pour in the topping, as there will be many crumbs and it will ruin the texture of your ice cream.