Often we think about the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that we can access during the summer and fall but what about winter? I thought it would be nice to feature fruits that we can easily access in winter and some nice ways to enjoy them. When I think of winter recipes I think of warm satisfying treats that stick to your bones and keep out that winter cold.
I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Although Southern Ontario experiences the four seasons similarly to New England; Toronto sits in a little pocket on the north end of Lake Ontario and is often protected from the raging winter storms. We experience less snowfall than our neighbours but we still experience the winter chill in January and February. We also lose the availability of our wonderful local produce and survive on imported fruits from California and South America. We can buy most types of fruits all year long at the St. Lawrence Market or at the upscale markets of downtown.
I love to go walking in Yorkville on a snowy Saturday morning, visiting the markets to find that perfect little treat that will make my day special or that will complete that interesting recipe or inspire that wonderful photograph.
This winter I decided to try out a few recipes that focus on winter fruits. I wanted to try a new pear recipe that I could serve as a dessert at a casual dinner party. I have poached pears in wine and brandy before but this recipe was lighter on the wine and still rendered the same warm results.
The rich, brown Manuka honey adds a strong, rich flavour and shine to the pears providing warmth that melts away the winter blues and makes you smile.
Honey Glazed Pears
4 Bosc Pears peeled and halved (not cored)
½ c Manuka Honey (or 1 cup clover honey)
2 tbsp. Sherry or Brandy
2 tbsp. Butter
Zest of 1 orange
Zest of 1 lemon
Melt butter in a large frying pan and add honey, sherry and zest of orange and lemon.
Bring to a boil.
Add pears and reduce heat to medium/low and simmer for 15 minutes until tender.
Serve warm with or without ice cream.
Please note-if you cannot find Manuka honey substitute 1 cup of regular clover honey
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand. The honey is produced by bees gathering nectar from the flowers of the Manuka tree.