This sweet (but not too sweet) drink should be made one at a time in a cocktail shaker. Energetic shaking and a proper drink-to-ice ratio is key! Enjoy responsibly this long weekend.
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1/4 cup pear brandy
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened pear juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup (see instructions below)
- 1 or 2 slices fresh pear, about 1/2 inch thick
- Ice to shake and serve
- To make simple syrup, cook 1/2 cup each sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture turns clear. Cool before using.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour brandy, pear juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup over ice.
- Cover and shake vigorously for 1 minute.
- Strain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with sliced pear. Serve immediately.
Adapted from My Recipes
Apple and Pear White Sangria
This apple and pear white sangria is the perfect beverage to sip on in Autumn!
Total Time: 4.5 hours, including chill time
- 1 bottle sweet fruity white wine – try Moscato
- 1/2 cup brandy
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from two lemons)
- 1 Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apple, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
- 1 Chamberlain Orchard Bartlett pear, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
- 2 cups soda water
- For extra sweetness, add ½ to 1 bottle of sweet Paracombe Premium Perry, try as you go
- In a large pitcher, combine wine, brandy, lemon zest, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Add lemon juice, apple slices, pear slices and mix well.
- Place pitcher in refrigerator for 4 hours to chill and allow flavours to blend.
- Just before serving, top sangria off with Perry and soda water. You can also strain sangria after chilling to remove lemon zest, if desired.
Pear and Sparkling Perry Cocktail
An earthy, sweet pear-cider cocktail is tinged with whiskey — a perfect drink for a cold day.
2 cups Chamberlain Orchards pear juice, chilled
2 cups sparkling perry, chilled
2 cups Soda Water, chilled
4 ounces (1/2 cup) bourbon whiskey
1 Beurre Bosc pear, unpeeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
- Stir together pear juice, perry, soda water and whiskey in a pitcher.
- Divide pear wedges among glasses, and pour in cocktail.
- Serve immediately.
Recipe and photo courtesy of: Martha Stewart
Pear Piña Colada
Sip on this pear cocktail on a sunny afternoon and you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise!
Prep time: 10 minutes
2 ripe Pears, such as Lemon Bergamot or Josephine, cut into big chunks
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
¼ cup coconut cream (Coco Lopez brand is typically easy to find)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
8 ice cubes
3 ounces aged white rum
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender and puree on high speed until smooth and creamy.
- Divide between two cocktail glasses and garnish with a pear ring and a slice of lime.
Recipe and photo courtesy of: USA Pears
Warm Pear & Roast Vegetable Salad
Today’s winter warming Foodie Friday recipe combines the sweetness of warm baked pears with root vegetables. Enjoy as a meal in itself with a little of your favourite cheese on top (blue cheese is delicious with this!) or, serve as a tasty side salad at dinner.
- 1 bunch beetroot
- 4 vine-ripened tomatoes
- 2 beurre bosc pears, sliced into wedges
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 large carrot
- 1 parsnip
- 1 bulb fennel
- 1 red onion
- 1 bunch English spinach, picked, washed, chopped
- 150g fetta or blue cheese
- Pinch sugar
- Pinch chilli flakes
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced.
- Trim and wash each beetroot and wrap in foil. Place in oven.
- Halve tomatoes horizontally and place in a small baking try. Sprinkle with sugar, chilli, salt and pepper. Drizzle with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil.
- Cut pears and remaining vegetables into wedges and combine in a large roasting dish. Toss with salt and pepper and remaining olive oil. Roast in same oven for 30 minutes.
- Add spinach on top of vegetables and cook another 5-10 minutes or until wilted.
- Peel beetroot and cut into wedges. Toss all vegetables together in a large serving bowl and scatter with cheese.
Recipe courtesy of: Ninemsn Food
Warm Pear Cider in Pear Cups
It’s freezing in the Adelaide Hills today, with snow forecast for some parts of the state! With that in mind, today’s Foodie Friday is warm and delicious, and of course simple to make. You can pick up the pear juice and pears from Paracombe Premium Perry at a market stall near you!
- 3 1/2 cups pear nectar or juice
- 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
- 3 whole cloves
- 4 whole anise stars
- 3/4 cup tequila gold or reposado
- 4 to 6 pears
- Combine pear nectar or juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and anise stars in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Add tequila and stir to incorporate.
- Cut off the pear tops and with a sharp knife, carefully outline a rim on your pear cups.
- With a melon baller or spoon, hollow out the pears, making sure to leave about 1/4 inch at the bottom and around the edges, creating a cup.
- Pour warm nectar into pear cups and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of: Rook No. 17
Easy Peasy Perry Pork
Paracombe Premium Perry shares a simple easy peasy ‘Perry Pork’ recipe this Foodie Friday, which is, as the name suggests, easy to make for friends and family and uses a bottle of Paracombe Premium Perry too!
Total Time: 15 mins to prep & 45 mins to cook
- 2 – 4 Pork Loin Steaks
- 1 Bottle of Paracombe Premium Perry
- 2 Pears
- 100g Brown Sugar
- 1 White Onion
- 200ml Water
- 10ml Olive Oil
- Pre-heat the oven to 200c.
- Add the pork loin steaks to a deep oven dish, along with one peeled and cut pear and pour half of the bottle of the Paracombe Premium Perry in, so the steaks are covered. Sprinkle 25g of brown sugar on top. Cook for 30 minutes.
- In the mean time, chop the onion and one pear (skin off) and add to a warm frying pan containing the olive oil.
- Once the onion has started to sizzle, add 75g brown sugar and the water. Turn the heat down and allow to cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
- After 30 minutes in the oven, take the pork out and turn over. Add the caramalised onion & pear slices and put back in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Sit back and relax for 15 minutes with the rest of the Paracombe Premium Perry!
- Check pork is thoroughly cooked before serving with thick cut potato chips, or whatever takes your fancy.
Recipe courtesy of: Tesco Real Food
Grilled Ham & Cheese with Pear
This Foodie Friday we’re putting a spin on an old favourite – Grilled Ham & Cheese! Adding fruit makes it healthy right? So we’re proposing the grilled ham & cheese sandwich with pear! It may seem like a strange combination at first, but trust us – the salty taste of the cheese and ham combined with the sweet taste of the pear is a match made in heaven!
Serves: 2 (2 Sandwiches)
- 4 slices sandwich bread
- 250 grams cheese (we love Woodside Cheese Wrights!)
- 1 pear, thinly sliced
- 250 grams deli ham, thinly sliced
- Layer 4 slices of sandwich bread with about 250 grams of melting cheese, 1 thinly sliced pear, and 250 grams of thinly sliced deli ham; top each with bread.
- Heat a large fry pan over medium heat.
- Spread the outside of both bread slices with butter.
- Cook sandwiches in batches (if necessary) until golden and cheese is melted, flipping once, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
- Cut sandwiches in half and serve hot.
Recipe courtesy of: Martha Stewart
Poached Pears with Dark Chocolate Sauce
There’s only one thing to do on Foodie Friday on the Easter long weekend, cook pears with chocolate! This quick and easy recipe is in-season, delicious, and perfect for your Easter celebrations!
Total Time: 30 mins
- 4 Beurre bosc pears
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
Chocolate Sauce Ingredients
- 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp Frangelico liqueur (optional)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- In a small saucepan, bring the water, caster sugar and cinnamon to the boil.
- Peel the pears, leaving the stems intact.
- Place the pears in the sugar syrup, return to the boil and immediately remove from the heat and set aside to cool. The remaining heat will continue to cook the pear.
- In a small pan, heat the cream, cinnamon and butter and remove from the heat just before it boils.
- Whisk in the dark chocolate and Frangelico until the chocolate is entirely melted and you have chocolate sauce.
- Serve one pear per guest with the chocolate sauce drizzled over the top.
Recipe courtesy of: Kidspot Kitchen
Baked Pears with Ricotta, Walnuts & Cinnamon
Pears are in season and the nights are getting colder! This recipe is warm, delicious, quick to prepare and a great way to get the family to eat a piece of fruit – happy Foodie Friday!
- 4 large firm pears, halved
- 1 cup of of ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (this is a lot so you can always reduce this quantity to taste)
- Serving options – honey, grated dark chocolate, Cadbury flake chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180° and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Scoop out the seeds of the pears, leaving a small hole that can be stuffed with the ricotta mixture.
- Combine the ricotta, walnuts and cinnamon.
- Spoon the ricotta mixture into the pear hollows.
- Place on the baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the pears are tender.
Recipe and photo courtesy of: A Dietitian’s Eats