I was grocery shopping after spending a lovely lunch hour with my husband. What was I to do when I walked past a bag of beautiful organic red pears? I had to buy it and turn it into a fun, sweet dessert for my honey and me!
Let’s start with, my husband is a picky eater. But, that is for another story. So, I need to make lots of top secret recipes, because, you see, he actually does love my cooking, as long as he doesn’t know every single ingredient. You know some men are on a “as need to know” basis! He’s one of them when it comes to the kitchen!
Secret #1) First, to backtrack a little, yesterday I soaked about 2 cups of raw almonds in water in a jar. When I got home today I needed to help them become a lovely alkalizing almond milk. I rinsed the almonds, and blended them in my Vitamix with a little added spring water. Poured them into a cheese cloth lined sieve set over a bowl. Then gently squeezed the almond milk thru the cheese cloth and sieve into the bowl.
Secret #2) Let’s be honest, almost every single ingredient in this recipe is top secret! The only thing he would eat are the pears!
I had a handful of soaked almonds set aside, then roughly chopped them, and mixed with ground cinnamon, a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil, a drizzle of locally grown honey, and a tad of good maple syrup. All loaded with lots of minerals and good-for-you food.
I put the chopped, lightly sweetened almond blend in the bottom of the baking bowls that I would later serve them in, then set the cored pears on top. (I only cored the top third of the pears). I added some of the chopped almond mix in the core so it would permeate the whole pear while baking.
Baked them in the oven on 350 degrees for a little more than one hour, just make sure it is all nicely soft.
My husband came home to such a nice smell of baking fruit and cinnamon and all its nice sweetness. How could he not feel loved?! I certainly did!
After I took them out of the oven, I drizzled the top secret, newly made almond milk over the top of the piping hot, freshly baked pears. The really hot sweetened almond mix on the bottom of the bowls sizzled such loud cacophonous crackles, we both had to stand there and partake in this great music of “Really hot meets really cold” noise! It was truly awesome!
He asked what the white was, I just told him, “It is white stuff, you know.” And that was that!
We sat down together and shared one baked pear to perfection, in all its yumminess. The chopped almonds literally caramelized like candy and the pear was so delicately soft and delicious, I would say this was a winner, and my husband never had a clue that something so delicious could be so deceivingly healthy. Oops, did I say that?!
Guess what we’re having for dessert tomorrow nite!
warmly and always deliciously,