Stewed Pears in Orange Juice With Dry Fruit Chikki
Is it evident that I have a sweet tooth?
Let me give you a sneak-peak into my bag. You will find, a bar of chocolate, a box of raisins, a lip-balm, few cadbury eclairs, lots of chocolate wrappers and a phone. So basically it’s not sweet tooth, it’s a sweet jaw!
It feels great when you wake up early morning, only to realize that you have a day off! Cooking is my way of relaxing. I had to make something using whatever ingredients I had. My mom always tells me, a good cook always makes the best use of whatever ingredients available and mothers are always right!
I had some crunchy pears in my fridge. Pears it is!
Its a very comforting feeling when you know that you have all the ingredients ready and there is no need to run to the store.
This dessert is a tool. It combats:
a. Impulsive craving for sweets.
b. Irregular grumpies
c. Panic attacks. (In my case, I have too much to do in the coming week and a wedding to attend. I should have started on with my diet today! damn! )
After I am done with this, I will surely lose start exercising regularly and lose some weight. Promise. (but my fingers are crossed behind my back.)
There are some simple rules of enjoying this dessert
1. You are not allowed to eat the crunchy chikki/praline all at once. Not unless you live by yourself… then you totally can!
2. You must eat this dessert with ice-cream. Vanilla and Butterscotch preferred.
3. You should appreciate the light mauve color, the pear takes after it is stewed. It’s really beautiful.
STEWED PEARS IN ORANGE JUICE WITH DRY FRUIT CHIKKI- RECIPE
2 Pears- Scooped in the middle
1 cup Orange Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
1 tsp Nutmeg
2-3 tsp Sugar
For the Chikki
1 tsp butter
1 cup Dry Fruits of your choice ground coarsely
3-4 tsp sugar
Scoop out the seeds of the pears, with a scooper/spoon. In a pan, take the orange juice, sugar, water, cinnamon and nutmeg and bring it to a boil. Tip in the scooped out pears and cook for about 10 minutes. Now take the pears out and microwave them for about 6 mins. Put them back again in the orange-spice syrup and allow it to simmer.
In a separate pan, take the butter and sugar. Add water, just enough to wet the sugar. Bring it to a boil and add in the dry fruits. Give it a mix and spread it out on a greased plate and allow it to cool.
Take a bowl, scoop out some ice-cream, take the pears and place the dry fruit mix in the scooped out part of pears. The pears should be hot/warm.
Enjoy this wonderful hot and cold dessert!
More to come 🙂 …….