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Pear & Brandy Warmer with Walnut Cream

Autumn 2014
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food and drink

BY: Christopher St. Onge

Cozy evenings indoors invite you to linger a little longer than planned. Finish the evening with this delicious, nutty warmer before heading out into the chill.

3½ cups (875 mL) pear nectar
⅔ cup (150 mL) water
½ cup (125 mL) brandy
⅓ cup (80 mL) Grand Marnier
½ cup (125 mL) chopped toasted walnuts
1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream
2 tbsp (30 mL) brown sugar
½ tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract

1 In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine pear nectar, water, brandy and Grand Marnier. Warm until steaming but not boiling.

2 Meanwhile, very finely chop ¼ cup (60 mL) walnuts; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine whipping cream, brown sugar and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks form; fold in finely chopped walnuts.

3 Ladle warmer into 6 heatproof mugs and top each with a generous spoonful of the walnut cream. Garnish with additional toasted walnuts.

Serves 6

What to Serve

201405052.jpg
food and drink

Pear & Brandy Warmer with Walnut Cream

Autumn 2014

BY: Christopher St. Onge

Cozy evenings indoors invite you to linger a little longer than planned. Finish the evening with this delicious, nutty warmer before heading out into the chill.

3½ cups (875 mL) pear nectar
⅔ cup (150 mL) water
½ cup (125 mL) brandy
⅓ cup (80 mL) Grand Marnier
½ cup (125 mL) chopped toasted walnuts
1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream
2 tbsp (30 mL) brown sugar
½ tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract

1 In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine pear nectar, water, brandy and Grand Marnier. Warm until steaming but not boiling.

2 Meanwhile, very finely chop ¼ cup (60 mL) walnuts; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine whipping cream, brown sugar and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks form; fold in finely chopped walnuts.

3 Ladle warmer into 6 heatproof mugs and top each with a generous spoonful of the walnut cream. Garnish with additional toasted walnuts.

Serves 6

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