Lavender-Roasted Pears

A delicate dessert of roasted pears with a whip of crème fraîche and a drizzle of honey.

RECIPE INFO

Serves 4-6

Preparation Time
min

Cook time
min

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Cook's NoteLavender sugar is also great in shortbread, sprinkled over a sponge cake or stirred into berries.
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INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp. dried lavender
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 3 whole pears
  • 1 punnet (125g) of fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tsp. fleur de sel or good-quality sea salt flakes (optional)

METHOD

Pulse sugar and lavender together in a food processor or spice grinder. Preheat oven to 220°C and butter the inside of a Le Creuset 33cm Rectangular Dish with Lid.

Peel, halve and core the pears, then toss with 3 tablespoons of the lavender sugar. Lay the pears cut side down in the stoneware baking dish, cover with lid and bake for 20-30 minutes until just barely soft. Remove from oven and remove the lid.

Preheat the grill element. Turn pears cut side up and sprinkle each pear with ½ teaspoon lavender sugar, then place 15cm under the grill and cook until caramelized, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Serve pear halves with fresh raspberries, crème fraîche and drizzled with honey. Sprinkle with fleur de sel if desired.