Flambeed Pears with Star Anise

You can’t go wrong with fruit, sugar and butter

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.


About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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18 Responses to Flambeed Pears with Star Anise

  1. TasteFood says:

    This sounds great – especially with the live fire.

  2. Pears are star anise are a lovely combination — and who doesn’t love food flambeed with cognac?

  3. Can’t go wrong with fruit, sugar and butter indeed…not to mention cognac, amaretti cookies and star anise. Wow!

  4. Ah, I’m in luck! I JUST got some amaretti cookies =) I can’t wait to try this!

  5. wonderful, easy, delicious little treat. Thank you, Rufus.

  6. A double portion sounds about right for me.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  7. Mad Dog says:

    Nothing beats a warm fire πŸ˜‰

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    A warm pear dessert, with booze and fire? What more could you want on a sunny fall day? I love the addition of the star anise, very nice indeed.

  9. What a lovely, truly cozy fall dessert.

  10. pursuitofhappieness says:

    This looks lovely! Star anise is one of my favorite spices

  11. I love any recipe that includes the instructions “light it on fire.”

  12. nrhatch says:

    Hotchachacha! πŸ˜€

  13. I love torching food. I know this tasted delicious…great foto…

  14. How delicious! Though, you know me. I’d be fishing out that star anise before eating.

  15. rsmacaalay says:

    That looks nice, looks like it would be good matched with vanilla ice cream

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