24 October 2006

The lost pear

I had some pears in the fridge and, honestly, they had been there for some time. I didn't know what to do with them. I didn't even know what kind of pears they were, but they surely looked like William…
Anyway, I needed a recipe for one of those days when you would like to cook, but you are not in the mood for something too complicated or fancy, but for something simple, quick, few ingredients needed, possibly all already at home, so you don't even have to go to the supermarket to fetch something.

And instantly appeared in my mind a recipe from an old cutout from one of the Italian women 's magazine, Grazia: 4 ingredients (I had them all), simple procedure, quick preparation (but long cooking, but I don't mind that as long as is oven cooking)! The perfect recipe!

So, here it is, with some adjustments…

500 g of pears
150 ml of dry white wine (I used a Müller Thurgau from the north of Italy)
150 g of sugar
3 eggs at room temperature

Melt 50 g of sugar with 2 tablespoons of water in a little saucepan. As soon as it is melted, transfer it in to 4 individual moulds that can go in the oven. Let it cool.
Peel the pears, halve them, discard the seeds, and thinly slice them. Put them in a saucepan with the wine and the remaining sugar (100 g). Bring to the boil and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the pears are soft but still in shape. Let it cool a bit.
Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, add them to the pears and combine all the ingredients. Pour the mixture into the moulds. Place them in a large and shallow ovenproof dish. Pour enough water in the dish to fill half of its capacity, paying attention not to drop any water in the moulds. Bake in a preheated oven, 150° C, for 1 hour.