Fried pears with hazelnut praline
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Babiche Martens
For those evenings when you feel like a bit of sweetness but haven’t prepared a dessert, these pan-fried pears are perfect. The praline can be made well in advance and stored in an airtight container. This is a stylish dish worthy of a simple dinner party. Complete the picture with a dollop of creme fraiche.
- First make the praline. In a small pot place sugar and water. Simmer until golden brown. This will take about 10 minutes. Resist stirring.
- Place a piece of baking paper on a tin tray and sprinkle the nuts. When caramel is ready pour it over the nuts and leave to cool. Either place in a kitchen processor and blitz until chunky or cover with another piece of paper and hit gently with a rolling pin to crush.
- Place butter in a frying pan and bring to a sizzle. Add pears and toss until lightly brown and starting to soften. Add sugar and lemon. Continue to cook for 3 or 4 minutes.
- Serve warm or cold with a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkling of praline.