Elegant and easy come together in these vanilla bean and almond poached pears! This is the perfect summertime dessert with chilled pears and vanilla ice cream. Get the trick for keeping these soft, but not soggy!
Dish Count :: 1 Saucepan
Its official, there is no more hiding the bump. He is here to stay. Of course the only place you can document this is in your office bathroom, so you’re welcome. It might have also had something to do with the Din Tai Fung I had for lunch. But either way, here it is. Also (blessedly) you can’t see the ginger soy sauce I managed to splatter all over my shirt, which I naturally didn’t realize had happened until I got home that day.
But the wontons were so worth it. And Chip agreed.
As much as they say everything about pregnancy is a wonder and the most beautiful thing on the planet – it also comes with its weird side of things, too. Those things that no one really talks openly about, because well, I don’t know. But not only do we have to contend with a bigger middle, and boobs so large that other smaller boobs will want to orbit around them, I have a new thing to contend with. And it was NOT one I was expecting.
Peach fuzz. On. My. Face.
You always hear how GREAT your hair will look when you’re pregnant. Mine has played nicely so far. But they didn’t say it would also give you sideburns. THANKFULLY my mini meltdown was calmed only by Ben saying he hadn’t noticed… but with as little as we see each other in the daylight (night shift nursing) I wouldn’t have counted on him noticing anyway. BUT I NOTICED and I was HORRIFIED. Count this as one of those things you never thought you’d Google, but I did. At least I am not alone. Still. WTF?! New layers of complexity get piled on to the ever growing list of insecurities you can feel when you’re growing a human.
Well, if Adele can embrace her baby beard “Larry”, I can embrace mine. He just needs a name.
So yes, week 17. Tiny Tot is apparently the size of a pear and it memoriam of this week I was so excited to try out a new pear recipe. Poached pears always seemed so hard and daunting, but the beauty of it is – they are NOT! I have never made a more simple and elegant dessert. These vanilla and almond poached pears just look super impressive, but no one needs to know how easy they really are.
You can infuse them with any flavor you wish, but I opted for going simple and unfussy with vanilla and almond. Why complicate an already good thing? Using vanilla bean paste left behind a few little specs of caviar, but don’t let that worry you.
Just enjoy these little vanilla and almond poached pears beauties with some ice cream. They will be perfect for summer, warm from the pan, or chilled. Get the recipe below to see how these are done. And revel in their simplicity.