• Pears Belle Helene Recipe

    Posted on August 24, 2012 by in Fine Dining

    This classic French dessert is punched up with the essence of cinnamon. Ease of preparation and beautiful presentation make this dish a great selection for dinner parties.

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes



    2 cinnamon sticks
    ¾ cup granulated sugar
    2 ½ cups water, divided
    4 firm Bosc pears, cut lengthwise with stem intact and cored
    8 small scoops vanilla ice cream
    Chocolate sauce, for drizzling


    In a medium saucepan, combine the cinnamon sticks, sugar, and ½ cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 2-5 minutes, until it becomes thick like syrup and turns golden brown. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and gently whisk in the remaining 2 cups water, until the syrup is completely incorporated into the water.

    Add the prepared pears to the syrup mixture and bring to a gentle simmer for 15 minutes. Test doneness with a knife prick in the thickest part of the fruit; the pears are poached when they are just cooked through, but not completely soft. Allow the pears to cool in the syrup until they are room temperature. Serve with 2 small scoops of ice cream and drizzle of chocolate sauce.

    Makes 4 servings.