With the recent cooler temps, fresh pear season is underway with all 10 varieties of USA Pears being harvested now! One of the many items on my cooking bucket list has been to poach USA Pears. Each time I come across a poached pear recipe on Pinterest my desire grows greater and greater. I figured it was time to stop wishing, and start doing. I had absolutely no idea how simple it was. Had I known that, I definitely would have done this sooner. Excited to show you how, and a pretty fantastic recipe as well!
Ever wonder the best way to determine if a pear is ripe? If you’re like me, you just squeeze the living daylights out of them until you find the soft ones (I’m sure the grocery store workers were ready to boot me out after they see me do this a dozen times!). Once I learned the CORRECT way, I felt a little sheepish. It’s easy: apply gentle pressure to the narrow “neck” of the pear with your thumb. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe. Generally, most people prefer pears perfectly ripe, but there are an abundance of uses for crisp and under-ripe pears (which is great news, since it’s tough to find super ripe pears this early). So what are they good for? They are especially ideal for poaching!
Poaching a pear is simple, but looks and tastes so special. Typically pears are poached in a wine and sugar mixture. I wanted to explore and experiment other options…since I don’t drink wine, and I’ve all but 100% eliminated refined sugar in my cooking and baking. Here’s where your creative juices can go crazy. What about poaching with tea, coconut milk, coffee, or a myriad of other poaching liquids? My liquid of choice? Almond milk! With the almond milk, almond butter, and chopped almonds, this tart is full of nutty goodness! Not only is this Honey Almond Poached Part Tart insanely delicious, it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Honey Almond Poached Pear Tart
- 4 USA Pears peeled, halved, & cored
- 4 c. almond milk
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
- 3-4 tbsp. almond butter
- 1/4 c. sliced almonds chopped
- 1/4 c. honey warmed
In a large saucepan combine almond milk & honey. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat, add pears, and simmer for 25 minutes or until tender. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and place on a cooling rack to drain & cool.
Preheat oven to 425 F. Meanwhile prepare your tart by rolling your pastry in to a 9x12 rectangle. Transfer to a cookie sheet or baking stone. Fold over the edge 1/2 inch on all sides, pressing firmly to form a rim.
Spread an even layer of almond butter along the bottom of the crust, avoiding the edges. Slice poached pears thinly & layer neatly over the almond butter.
Drizzle warmed honey over the entire tart. Sprinkle with chopped almonds. Bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool 10 minutes.
Here are a few other delicious dessert recipes you may want to try!