Pears baked in pastry

Very impressive dessert that ‘Cooking without Limits‘ says is easy!

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pear baked in pastry

Yesterday, I tested one of the recipes I want to do for Christmas. Easy to make,  this cozy dessert has plenty of “wow” factor and it looks like a beehive.

This is an elegant dessert and is fancy enough for a dinner party and also can be made ahead.

pear baked in pastry


  • 4 small pears
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 50 ml cognac (optional)
  • 1 small lemon, halved
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 to 8 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg

pear baked in pastry


Peel pears and core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. 

In a large saucepan, combine the water, sugar, honey, lemon halves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cognac and cloves. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add bean and seeds to sugar mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; place pears on their sides in saucepan and poach, uncovered…

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Where did you go last night?!

My wife and I are extremely passionate about experiencing new travel, cuisine, craft beer, craft cocktails, live music, and recorded albums old & new. And, we are frequently asked, “How was that place, that food, that drink, that concert, that band?!”

It’s time to craft our experiences into something easily digestible for everyone to sample: The Sweet and Sweaty

You may not be down with all that we experience, but we’re hoping you’ll give some new things a try along the way. We would also really love to hear your feedback, ideas, and your own reports.

We’re VERY excited about this and we hope you’ll feel the same as the experiences happen. Let’s go!rogue_SF_sampler

P.S. – Why “The Sweet and Sweaty”?
My wife once told me the tale of her favorite wing flavor at her favorite college bar. The wings were not only tangy like a sugary treat, but also a hot, spicy indulgence. Long after the original story was told, we were joking over some beverages that if we ever led a band together, we would need to call it “Sweet & Sweaty” (i.e., she’s extremely nice and caring and I tend to be animated and perspiring). Since I still haven’t taught her how to play bass and I’m busy playing guitar in a cover band, we decided the name should live on with a different purpose – Enjoy!