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Pear, pecan and caramel puddings

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for pear, pecan and caramel puddings.

By Jerrie-Joy Redman-Lloyd
  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 10 mins cooking
Pear, pecan and caramel puddings
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.)

Ingredients

  • 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

Main
  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    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.