Whiskey Pear Trifles

“THE LIGHT MUSIC OF WHISKEY FALLING INTO GLASSES MADE AN AGREEABLE INTERLUDE.”  James Joyce

Whiskey Pear Trifles | From My Sweet Heart

There was a time when I would have told you that I don’t care very much for whiskey.  But then, I decided to make some Home Made Irish Cream.  You know, that wonderful creamy liqueur that has you believing you are drinking an adult milkshake?  That stuff contains a whole bottle of whiskey!  And now Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is among my favorites.  I’ve used it for this recipe, too!

This recipe makes the top 3 of my favorite recipes on this blog!  So simple to make, yet the combination of flavors and textures is so sublimeCinnamon raisin bread, vanilla bean custard, pralines, pears, whipped cream, and the most delicious maple whiskey sauce imaginable!  A little something different in every spoonful! [Read more...]

Pavlova with Spiced Pears & Blackberries

“THERE WAS A STAR RIDING THROUGH CLOUDS ONE NIGHT AND I SAID TO THE STAR, ‘CONSUME ME’.”  Virginia Woolf

Pavlova with Spiced Pears & Blackberries | From My Sweet Heart

I’ve been been wondering what the fascination is with pavlovas.  While I’ve only had store bought meringues before, I have found them to be hard and crunchy, and not really in a good way!  So this recipe only affirms my belief that when you take the opportunity to make something from scratch, the result is so much better!  The fascination with pavlovas?  They are sweet, crunchy, chewy clouds on which you can float the most delectable fruits and creams!  They may be elegant or rustic, and topped with fruits from any season.  Nervous about making meringues?  So was IBut let me tell you about one of my favorite Cooking Channel shows, and who convinced me to give this a try…… [Read more...]

Autumn Fruit Chutney

“THY BOUNTY SHINES IN AUTUMN UNCONFINED AND SPREADS A COMMON FEAST FOR ALL THAT LIVE.”  James Thomson

Autumn Fruit Chutney | From My Sweet Heart

There is a different kind of simplicity that I search for in the fall.  While in spring and summer, I am content to eat some strawberries off the vine, or a fresh peach flavorful all on it’s own; in autumn I look for more comfort.  For a blending and melding of fruits and flavors.  And warmth!  And this union of fruits and spices does not need to be complex.   Crisp apples, pears and cranberries melt together with the warmth of cinnamon and brown sugar and curry.  This chutney takes little time and effort to make, but seems to simmer for the longest hour of my life!  And I could almost be content with the lovely scent which begins to waft through my kitchen.  This fall fruit chutney was created to…… [Read more...]

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing

“AUTUMN, THE YEAR’S LAST, LOVELIEST SMILE.”  William Cullen Bryant

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing | From My Sweet Heart

With fall baking comes pies!  Lots of pies!  I love pie and I love making them.  And the finished product is always so impressive.  But when you just want an itty bitty bite…. it’s hard to cut yourself just a little sliver.  You know what I mean!  That piece of pie, which is so tall and full and stands so proud on your plate…..well as delicious as it may be ….it’s reduced to a fruity crumbly mess when you try to cut just a thin slice.  So here is all of the goodness of a pie, in this case pear, in a flatter form.  I’ve cut these into little pie wedges; but you can cut them into bars or squares.  So cut yourself a small piece ….because you’ll still have the bottom crust, the top crust and all that great fruit in between!  And the interesting ingredient in this recipe (at least to me) was…….. [Read more...]

Chocolate Pear Pouches

“IT IS, IN MY VIEW, THE DUTY OF AN APPLE TO BE CRISP AND CRUNCHABLE, BUT A PEAR SHOULD HAVE SUCH A TEXTURE AS LEADS TO SILENT CONSUMPTION.”  Edward Bunyard,‘The Anatomy of Dessert

Chocolate Pear Pouches | From My Sweet Heart

Unless it is a Royal Riviera Pear from Harry and Davids, I’m not much of a fan of eating pears on their own.

Supermarket pears, even when ripe and in season, just don’t do enough for me.  Pears should be quietly delectable, soft and juicy!  And there’s nothing worse than biting into one that you think is ripe, only to be disappointed with a dry, tasteless crunch.  But baking with pears is totally different  A little time on the stove or in the oven, and you are assured a soft, sweet treat.

Here, I’ve decided to bathe the pears in red wine, warm spices, and tart cherries.  I filled them with chocolate and bits of almonds and wrapped them lovingly in flaky, puffed pastry!  The dried cherries and the poaching wine reduced down to a wonderful syrupy sauce.  The chocolate centers turned out pretty special, too.  Because they are filled with….. [Read more...]

Pear Hug

Pear Hug | From My Sweet Heart