This is only our second dessert post this month. Apparently, we’re already saving room for Thanksgiving pie! This dessert is great all by itself. But it would also be spectacular on ice cream, pound cake or with a bit of whipped cream. Also, lighting things on fire is cool. Well, some things.
Flambeed Pears with Star Anise
- 2 pears, skinned, cored and sliced thin
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2-3 star anise
- 1/3 cup cognac
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of amaretti cookies (about 6), crushed
Throw anise in a large frying pan with the butter. Melt the butter over medium heat, stirring the anise to spread the yumminess. Add pears and cook over moderate heat until tender, about 10 minutes, then raise the heat to high and pour in the cognac. Light it on fire and let the flames die out. Stir in brown sugar and cookie crumbs. Remove from heat and serve warm.