1 qt water
2 1/2 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean split
4 pears, peeled
4 oz dark sweet
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 french vanilla ice cream
Combine water,sugar and vanilla bean in large sauce pan and bring to
boil. Add pears, reduce heat and cook gently until tender (30
minutes). Refrigerate pears and syrup for 24 hours. Remove vanilla
bean from syrup. Melt chocolate in heavy pan over low heat, stirring
frequently until smooth and glossy. Scrape vanilla bean pulp into
chocolate. Add cream and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove
from heat. To serve, place scoop of ice cream in bowl. Place pear
alongside ice cream and spoon chocolate sauce over top.
Servings: 4 servings
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The History of Recipes
Food historians have proved the existence of recipes way back into the distant past, in fact as far into history as early Egypt, and maybe even further. Interesting though that maybe, mostly, these early recipes were just basic hieroglyphic or cunieform instructions for meal preparation.
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Progressing into The time of the romans 25BC a man called Apicius assembled a few documents showing how to cook the recipes cooked by wealthy roman citizens. In his scrolls, he tells us how the meals were split into hors d`oeuvres, main meal and dessert, known in latin as `Gustatio, Primae Mensae and Secundae Mensae`. Aspicius also describes how the ancient Romans made use of a good variety of spices, including a few that will be familiar to modern cooks such as bay, mint and parsley.
Over the next few centuries, the powerful families of the West strove to offer the most extravagent meals, and as a consequence, chefs and their recipes were at a premium. Even so, it wasn`t until the 19th century that formal cookery and cookery books really came of age. Mrs Beeton in the UK, and the equally well-known Fannie Farmer in the USA, dedicated years of their lives to collecting, testing, and publishing the recipes that were being prepared for the better households.
By the arrival of the twentieth century, recipe books are greatly in demand mostly as a result of more people being able to read, leisure time and having more disposable income.
We hope you enjoy this Pears Belle Helene recipe.