Flambéed Asian pears with Orange

For a luxurious, high quality dessert that can be served to any guest with a flourish, try these Flambéed Asian Pears with Orange. They’re not nearly as tricky to make as they look, and they’ll leave everybody in awe at your cooking ability!



Refrigerate for about 20 minutes

Serve cold

2 Asian pears

juice of ½ lemon

3 oranges

30 g (1 oz) butter

3 tbsp soft brown sugar

3 tbsp brandy

3 tbsp coarsely chopped pistachios

sprigs of fresh lemon balm to decorate

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- Peel, quarter and core the Asian pears

- Cut them into slices and sprinkle with the lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown

- Peel the oranges, removing all the white pith

- Cut them across into neat slices

- Melt the butter in a frying pan

- Add the sugar and stir until dissolved

- Add the pear slices and cook gently for about 3 minutes on each side or until they are just tender but still quite firm

- Add the orange slices for the last minute of cooking, turning them to coat well with the juices in the pan

- Using a draining spoon, remove the pears and oranges to a shallow serving dish and keep warm

- Boil the juices remaining in the pan to reduce a little, then pour over the fruit. Pour the brandy into the frying pan, heat it and set alight

- Pour over the fruit.

- Serve on warmed plates, sprinkled with the pistachios and decorated with lemon balm.

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