Pear pouches with chocolate centers
How many times have you ever purchased some pears and set them on the kitchen counter only to find that they stayed rock hard, got gritty, or rotted without getting sweetly ripe? I have also brought home pears, set them out to ripen on the table, and put them in the fridge thinking they were ripe enough and sweet when they weren’t. Sometimes buying and storing fruits can be tricky, especially since most pears at the supermarket are sold while they are still immature.
I had purchased a few pears at the time when the summer fruits were just starting to become in season. I really enjoy them when they ripen to sweetness perfection. This time I was careful to monitor the ripening since there is a relatively narrow window between ‘too hard’ and ‘too soft’ where the perfect pear texture lies. But even after passing the gentle pressure test, the pears were still not sweetly ripened. Any longer in the fridge and it would be too soft or rotten.
I usually keep a stock of phyllo dough in my freezer. A poached pear dessert idea saved the pears from being thrown away. I made it extra sweet by stuffing the pears with chocolate, but this step can be omitted if you don’t have too much of sweet tooth.