Pears in the puff pastry are a refined and surprising dessert. Simple and quick to prepare, they are perfect to serve at a festive lunch or a romantic dinner for two, perhaps accompanied by a soft custard or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Genuine and very greedy, this dessert features the typical seasonal fruit which, once softened in a syrup of water and sugar, will be wrapped in a puff pastry shell and then baked in the oven. A crunchy and fragrant delicacy that reveals, only at the moment of eating it with a spoon, a filling based on apricot jam and walnut kernels. A temptation that will be impossible to resist. So let’s find out how to prepare pears in the puff pastry by following our recipe step by step.
Wash the pears, peel them and remove the core. Gradually transfer them to a bowl with cold water and sugar (1).
In a saucepan, mix 600 ml of water with the sugar and ground cinnamon (2), then put it on the stove and let it cook for about 10-12 minutes.
Immerse the pears and cook them for about 10 minutes (3).
Drain the pears, let them dry on a sheet of absorbent kitchen paper (4) and let them cool. Keep the juice aside.
In a small bowl, combine the apricot jam with the chopped walnuts kernels (5) and mix well.
Roll out a sheet of puff pastry, arrange the pears on top and with the tip of the knife cut out the puff pastry following the profile of the fruit (6).
Obtain 8 strips from the remaining dough (7).
Fill the hollow of each pear with a teaspoon of apricot jam and walnut kernels (8).
Transfer the pears to the baking dish, placing them on the shapes of puff pastry and placing the latter as bases. Decorate the pears with one or two strips, leaving the back of the fruit free, making sure to seal the sheet well (9).
Complete with a leaf of puff pastry. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar (10) and bake the pears at 200 degrees C for about 20-25 minutes.
Once the baking time has elapsed, take the pears out of the oven, let them cool and add ½ tablespoon of juice to each pear (11). Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar, garnish with some chopped walnut kernels and serve.
To savor all their fragrance and crunchiness, the advice is to prepare the pears in the puff pastry and eat them at the moment. In case there is something left, the dessert can be preserved in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of days.