Pear Ice

by Emily on June 2, 2011

We came home from our weekend to some very ripe pears on the dining room table!  I quickly decided that I needed to find a treat to use them in.  Since Pip is well beyond enjoying pureed fruit, I couldn’t easily resort to that.

I have one delicious cookbook by Lee Bailey called Country Desserts that has a vast array of fruit desserts so I thought I’d start there.  Naturally there was the pear tart but I didn’t have the patience for making pastry dough.  I found pear ice and decided that would be a great test!

First step, and there really isn’t too many steps to this treat, was to skin and rough cut the pears into chunks that the Cuisinart could puree.

Next, I deviated from Bailey’s recipe because I thought his simple syrup called for too much sugar and the following steps called for an ice cream maker, which I don’t have.   I made up a quick simple syrup with some pear juice, a couple of tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract.  Pears are so sweet naturally I just didn’t want to load up with extra sugar that made this treat too sweet! (is there such a thing?)

After the syrup was complete, I mixed all the pureed pears in with syrup and let it hang out in the pan.  I chose a pretty large pan thinking that it would freeze faster in a thin layer.  I was correct too!  After a jaunt to the grocery store for dinner fixin’s the ice was solid.  I had read another suggestion that if you scrape the ice into a blender or mixer with metal blades at this point, it will chunk up nicely.  What does that mean…..see below!

After the pear ice was in nice chunks, I put the bowl back into the freezer until it was ready to serve.  I am happy to report that the weather treated us nicely and we ate dinner outside, followed by a very refreshing treat of Pear Ice!  Happy family…happy Mom, now that those rotting pears are off my table!


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