Local Desserts – Poached Pears With Almond Ice Cream and Shortbread

by moderndomestic on December 16, 2009

Poached Pear 3

I didn't realize how beige this would be until I put it all on the plate.

Check out my guest post on Going Green DC for a recipe that features local farmer’s market fare for a holiday dessert. The ginger poached pears with almond ice cream and shortbread is a play on Julia Child’s pear and almond tart I made last weekend.

Happy holidays!

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kaydee December 17, 2009 at 1:25 am

How did you get your ice cream scooped so perfectly!?!

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orchidgirl1979 December 17, 2009 at 9:20 am

I’m sure it still tasted great!
Know what would be pretty here? an edible flower!

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Diane December 17, 2009 at 9:58 am

The plate looks delicious!

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Veggie Virginia December 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Do you think you could use almond extract instead of the amaretto in the ice cream? I assume that the extract would have a stronger flavor, so maybe only a teaspoon or two? Would that still have enough effect on the freezing point?
Thanks, this looks delicious.

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moderndomestic December 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm

You could use almond extract, but it will be a different experience. I think the affect on the freezing point will be small enough that it won’t be a huge deal. I’d start with 1/2 teaspoon and see how that tastes. If it doesn’t taste strong enough, increase it b y 1/4 teaspoon until it reaches a good “almond” flavor for you.

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