Two Sisters Inn's Butterfly Pears

Filed under: Fruits - Pear, Romantic Recipes.

The presentation of this pear dish is key to its success. Pansies are plentiful for most of the year and add that special magic to this recipe.

4 firm pears, peeled, halved, and cored
(1 or 2 large cans of pear halves may be used if fresh pears are unavailable)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light molasses
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
dash salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 whole cloves
1/2 cup Cinnamon Cream
4 pansy flowers
4 large mint leaves
8 blueberries
Cinnamon Cream:
1/2 cup light sour cream
3 tablespoons extra-fine sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Measure 1 cup of water and place in a saucepan with the sugar and molasses. (If using canned pears, drain juice from pears into saucepan and proceed with recipe.) Bring to a boil and simmer for 1015 minutes until slightly syrupy. Add lemon juice, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and pear halves. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Pour contents into a covered container and refrigerate overnight.
Just before serving, place 2 pear halves, stem side touching, at a 120 degree angle on a small plate. Spoon an elongated dollop of the Cinnamon Sour Cream between the 2 halves, forming the body of the butterfly. Insert a single pansy petal into the sour cream on each side of the body below each pear half, at an angle forming a mirror image to the pears creating the wings of the butterfly. Split a large mint leaf in half along the spine; place each half on the top of the sour cream body, and then a blueberry on the tip of each mint leaf half forming the antennae. Prepare remaining plates the same.

Recipe Summary:
Yield: 4 w/ 1/2 cup cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus an overnight
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Other recipes by Two Sisters Inn-A Bed and Breakfast:
100 Birthday 10-carat Dip
Parsnip Lemon Muffins
Berry Sage Fools With Thyme On Their Hands
Cheddar Shorties
Mosaic Multi-chocolate Mousse

Recipe Provided By:
Two Sisters Inn-A Bed and Breakfast
Manitou Springs, CO

Manitou Springs Bed and Breakfast Inns