Pear Dumplings with Cream Sauce
Peel, core, and half as many Bartlett pears as you need (one pear will make 2 dumplings)
Pie crust dough (you can make your own, but I buy pie crust in the refrigerated section of the grocery store)
I roll out the dough thinner than the way it comes in the package. I think it makes the pie dough more delicate. Cut 7 inch circles and place each pear half in the center with the flat side of the pear facing up. Place 1 TBSP cinnamon sugar in the middle of the pear. Fold up the pie dough over the pear half and turn upside down so that the flat side of the pear is now facing down.
I cut out some leaf shapes and placed these on top of the pear dumplings. Cover with an egg wash.
Ready to cook:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake dumplings for 35 minutes or until golden. Carefully remove them from the cookie sheet as they are very delicate at this point. Cut up the stems from the pears and place a small piece in each pear dumpling.
As if this wasn't already yummy enough, the recipe calls for an almond flavored cream sauce which sends this dessert skyrocketing!!
Cream Sauce Recipe
2 cups half and half or light cream
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 Tablespoons of sugar
Place all ingredients in a saucepan except the almond extract and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. The mixture should be slightly thickened and should be a temperature of 170 to 175 degrees. Stir in the almond extract.
Place a few TBSP of the cream sauce in the middle of a plate. Gently place a pear dumpling in the middle. Man, they are GREAT!! The melding of the flavors is unsurpassed.
Hope you have a wonderful Monday!!
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