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Pear, pecan and caramel puddings


We've used brown rice flour here for its rich flavour, but it has the further benefit of making this gluten-free. (If it's not at the supermarket you'll find it at health-food stores.)

You'll need

2 tbsp brown sugar 2 cinnamon quills 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped 1 star anise 6 small pears, such as corella 200 gm caster sugar 60 gm butter, diced, plus 125gm, melted 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream 125 gm (1 cup) pecans, toasted and ground 115 gm (1 cup) brown rice flour 2 tsp baking powder 1½ tsp ground cinnamon 2 eggs, lightly beaten 95 gm (½ cup firmly packed) brown sugar 250 ml (1 cup) milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 50 gm (¼ cup) raw caster sugar To serve: icing sugar and ginger ice-cream

Method

  • 01
  • Place sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean and seeds, star anise and 1 litre water in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and bring to a simmer, add pears and cook until tender (25-30 minutes), then set aside.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, stir sugar and 60ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves (3 minutes), bring to the boil and cook without stirring until caramel (6-8 minutes). Add diced butter (be careful, hot caramel will spit), whisk to combine, then add cream and a pinch of sea salt, whisk and set aside.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Combine pecans, flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl combine eggs, brown sugar, milk and vanilla, then gradually add melted butter, stirring until incorporated. Add pecan mixture to egg mixture in 2 batches, stirring to combine between each addition.
  • 04
  • Divide batter among six 1½-cup buttered ramekins and pour caramel on top. Drain pears (discard liquid), then gently push a pear into the centre of each ramekin (the batter should reach just below the rim). Dust with raw caster sugar and bake until puddings have a golden crust and an inserted skewer withdraws clean (30 minutes). Serve puddings warm dusted with icing sugar with ginger ice-cream to the side.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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