Fall is the perfect time for indulging in some great tasting desserts. Let’s skip the pumpkin because we’ll get enough of that next month. You can cook like a man and still satiate your sweet tooth with these delicious fall desserts. They’re super tasty and have no calories. Ok, that’s a total lie, but when you’re dealing with this much decadence, you need a little reassurance.
Honeyed Pear Pastry
While this time of year is known for pumpkins and apples, it’s also the tail end of the pear season, so why not try this dessert. You’ll need four small pears, 4 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of honey, 1 halved lemon, 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry, 3 cinnamon sticks and 6 whole cloves.
Core the pear from the bottom, making sure to leave the stems attached. Peel the pears and cut the bottom to make them level. Place the water, sugar, honey, lemon, cinnamon sticks and cloves into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, place the pears on their sides in the pan and poach for about 20 minutes until the pears are tender.
Take out the pears, cool and keep about 1 ½ cups of the liquid in the saucepan. Unfold the pastry, cut it into ½-inch strips and wrap around the pears until covered. Place the wrapped pears on the baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. Cook the remaining poaching liquid until reduced to a think syrup. Then, place the pears on a plate and drizzle with the syrup.
Pecan pie is a total indulgence and a staple fall dessert. Stop buying it at the store and make your own. You’ll need a 9-inch pie shell, 2 cups of pecans chopped with some put aside for the top of the pie, 3 beaten eggs, 1 cup of light corn syrup, ½ cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of molasses, 4 tablespoons of melted butter, ½ teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Preheat the oven to 350. Mix eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, butter, vanilla and salt until nice and smooth. Spread all the chopped pecans on the bottom of the pie shell and pour the mixture on top. Cover the top with the remaining pecan halves. Bake for about 30 minutes, then tent the pie with foil and bake for another 40 minutes until the filling sets.
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