Cooking Classics: Pears Belle Hèléne

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The Technique

Pears Belle Hèléne

Pears Belle Hèléne is a classic French dessert traditionally served as a plated creation in fine dining establishments. The components generally feature vanilla scented poached pears accompanied with ice cream, chocolate sauce & toasted almonds although many pastry chefs offer their own personal style to the presentation. With a shift of more small entertaining gatherings taking place in the home, it’s an elevated dessert that you can certainly replicate in your own kitchen. The pears may be poached a day or two in advance & the chocolate sauce blended then rewarmed just before serving guests. Consider pairing with a menu of Rosemary-Garlic Rack Of Lamb, Classic Potato Gratin, Fresh Peas With Goat Cheese & Cloverleaf Rolls. Learn how to make a culinary classic with my detailed tutorial.

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makes 2 servings 

Two pears may be poached in the syrup depending on the size of the crowd you plan to host. They may be chilled & served cold up to two days later, if desired. 

6 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 firm, ripe Bosc pear
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/8 tsp pure almond extract
Premium vanilla ice cream
Toasted sliced almonds

Bring the water, the sugar, the lemon juice & the vanilla bean paste to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan over Medium-High heat. Meanwhile, peel the pear & slice it in half. Drop the fruit into the poaching liquid & reduce the heat to Medium-Low. Gently simmer the pear 30 minutes or until tender. Turn off the heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Microwave the chocolate morsels & the cream in a small glass bowl on High 30 seconds or until melted. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the almond extract.

Remove the pear halves from the poaching liquid & place on a cutting board. Gently remove the core, the seeds & the thin string that runs from the stem to the base of the fruit using a paring knife & an extra small ice cream disher. Place the pears on a dessert plate. Accompany with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a smattering of Chocolate-Almond Sauce & the almonds. Drizzle with a little of the poaching liquid, if desired. Serve immediately.

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How To Make Pears Belle Hèléne

The pears will appear translucent once poached properly but should still retain a firm bite. Coring them after the process as opposed to beforehand ensures a neater appearance & contributes to a more elevated presentation. The poaching liquid that remains may be used to sweeten iced tea or brush over cake layers

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A few pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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Remove the pear halves from the poaching liquid & place on a cutting board. 

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Gently remove the core, the seeds & the thin string that runs from the stem to the base of the fruit using a paring knife & an extra small ice cream disher. 

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Place the pears on a dessert plate. Proceed with the recipe instructions as directed. To hold the pears a day or two, cover them with a bit of the poaching liquid & chill until ready to serve them.

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