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Spiced Pears With Cardamom Crème Fraîche

Spiced Pears With Cardamom Crème Fraîche

Need something comforting for the weekend to avoid the winter blues? 

Nordique is delighted to introduce another hand-selected recipe from Norwegian-American food and craft blogger Paul Lowe Einlyng. Based in New York City, but originally from Oslo, Norway. 

Serves 4

You will need:

For the Poached Pears:
1 vanilla pod
1 bottle red wine
1⁄3 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
10 whole peppercorns
8 whole cloves
4 whole star anise
fresh thyme sprigs
1 orange, just the peel
4 ripe Bosc pears, peeled with stems intact

For the Cardamom Crème Fraîche:
1⁄2 cup crème fraîche
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon good vanilla extract

  • Halve the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out black seeds, and put them and the pod in a large saucepan with wine, sugar, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, anise, thyme, and orange peel.
  • Delicately slice off the bottom of each pear so they can stand upright when ready to serve.
  • Lower them on their sides into liquid.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently, partially covered, for 1–11⁄2 hours, or until pears are tender and the liquid has reduced.
  • Baste pears with the spiced wine a few times during cooking, turning the pears over at least once so that both sides have a turn being fully submerged in the liquid.
  • Carefully remove pears and set aside.
  • Boil liquid for 8–10 minutes or until thick and syrupy.
  • In a separate bowl, add spices to crème fraîche and whisk until it just starts to thicken.
  • Serve pears with syrup drizzled over, thyme sprig, and cardamom crème fraîche.

Photography by Food+styling by Carlo Geraci | Photography by Linda Pugliese

Website: Sweet Paul

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