CARAMELIZED COMICE PEAR PUDDING
It’s difficult to cook pears and have them taste like pears, since the flavors are so subtle. We add just enough flavoring and seasoning to let you know the pear was not lost in the cooking of it. Yes. That is noteworthy! Serve alone, warm or chilled with or without whip topping!
2 T. margarine
5 ripe med. size comice pears – unpeeled – wash, slice from end to end rocking knife against the core; discard cores
1/3 c. Grade A maple syrup
few twists pink Himalayan salt
2 c. SILK CREAMY CASHEW milk unsweet
3 T. cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 c. water
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1/2 t. ground coriander
1 t. imitation vanilla
2 t. liquid smoke
1 t. malic acid powder – acidic fruit enhancer
1/4 c. Minute Tapioca
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1- In extra-large non-stick skillet, over medium heat, melt margarine.
2- Add sliced pears all at once, stir up and over to coat with oil. Saute about 2 minutes till they begin to soften around edges.
3- Add maple syrup and salt, stir, then raise heat to medium-high and cook about 4 minutes bubbling up.
4- Add creamy cashew milk, stir and cook till bubbly again.
5- Pour in the cornstarch mix, stirring till thickened.
6- Add sugar, coriander, vanilla, smoke, malic acid and Minute Tapioca; stir to incorporate without trying to break apart the pears. They’ll break but you don’t have to accelerate the process by being rough.
7- Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, stir into the pudding mix.
8- Reduce heat to low and cook about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let set till pudding becomes warm and tapioca finishes swelling. Spoon into dessert cups and serve now or refrigerate for service later.
9- Dairy free whip topping is an option.
Notes: Everybody wants to put nutmeg on vanilla type puddings. No – not here. Don’t lose that pear flavor. Buy malic acid online; it’s cheap!