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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pear Busters

With a combined experience of 350 years in apricot dancing, your hosts use their past experiences to sort out the truths of the pears.

Today on Pear Busters, we received a letter from Holly. She was amazed to hear that a man had turned a pear into Ice Cream. I think it is plausible, but the only way to find out for sure is to Bust Pears!

We tried various techniques, from pushing and pulling, to biting and creaming, but the results were never what we had hoped for. The pears turned out to be nothing but frozen clumps. Then, last night we were watching Pear Week, on the Neophyte Channel, and the episode of When Pears Attack made things click. I mean this wouldn't be an episode of Pear Busters if we didn't find our own way of busting this pear.

Here's what we discovered. . .

Canned pears make and excellent sorbet!

Ginger Pear Sorbet
1 jar pear halves
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Drain the pears. Reserve 1 cup of the syrup, set pears aside.
In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and reserved syrup to just a boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Using a blender, process the pears, lemon juice and ginger until smooth. Add in the cooled syrup, cover and process until pureed smooth. Pour into an 11-in. x 7-in. dish. Cover and freeze for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until only partially frozen. Return the mixture to the blender, process until smooth. Place in a freezer container. Cover tightly and freeze for at least 3 hours. Remove from the freezer 20 minutes before serving.
Makes 3 cups

We also discovered that you can use the pear raw.

Brandy Pear Sorbet
3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup sugar
5 pears
1/2 cup apple juice
3 tablespoons brandy
heat the 3/4 cups apple juice with sugar in a Small sauce pan, bring to just a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Wash, peel and quarter pears. Puree the pears with the 1/2 cup apple juice and brandy. Pour cooled syrup over the puree and process until well combined. Place in a freezer container, cover and freeze for 2 hours. Reprocess in the blender. Refreeze.
Makes 8 cups

These all can be placed into your 1/2 pint jars to be frozen. Just leave 1/2 inch head space.

So is this Pear Busted? Nope, Sorbeted!

Hope you are enjoying Pear Week on the Neophyte Channel. Coming up. . . "I would say he was yea big." "NO! DON'T GO THAT WAY!" "I never saw it comin'. It was just, oh goodness, there. ya know." "Never saw anything like that before." "Today we will find him, and prove he really does exist."


Anonymous said...

I LOVE pear week! It makes me writhe with jealousy that I don't have access to good pears, though.

Curse you and your abundance! (But not really!)

Janelle said...

Anything with Brandy has my vote :)

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