Pears Part Of A Pair Of Heavenly Desserts

Sam Choy
By Sam Choy
Wednesday - January 19, 2011
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This week, pastry chef Ron Viloria visits the show to prepare the following recipes. This show aired originally in February 2008.


* 1 7-ounce ramekin (small, round, glazed ceramic dish used to serve crème brulee, soufflé)
* 3 slices bread, trimmed
* 3 ounces butter
* 1 cinnamon stick

Butter the ramekin. Melt the butter together with the cinnamon stick. Dip the bread in the infused butter and line the bottom and the sides of the ramekin with the bread.

* 1 whole pear, peeled and diced (Bartlett or Comice)
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/4 piece vanilla bean
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 1 3/4 tablespoons sugar

Melt butter with vanilla bean and cinnamon stick in a pan and add the pear and sugar. Cook the pear until caramelized. Fill the ramekin with the pear mixture and top with a piece of buttered bread. Press firmly on the top to even out the top of the charlotte. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Unmold.

For Cinnamon Crumble:

* 3 tablespoons butter
* 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
* 1/2 cup flour
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients until they form a crumble. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.

For Pear Shavings:

* 1 pear Slice the pear with a mandolin (Japanese slicer) as thin as you can without shredding the pear. Place on a pan lined with a silpat mat (made of silicone and fiberglass, which replaces the need for parchment paper). Bake in a 300 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until dried and lightly browned.

For Vanilla Foam:

* 1 cup milk
* 3 egg yolks
* 4 tablespoons sugar
* 1/4 piece vanilla bean
* 1 gram gelatin

Combine the milk and vanilla bean in a pot and bring to a boil. Combine the egg yolk and sugar in a bowl and mix well. When the milk comes to a boil, add it to the egg yolk mixture while mixing. Return to the pot and, with a spatula, continuously stir the mixture until it thickens or reaches 180 degrees.

Dissolve the gelatin in water and add it to the sauce. Cool down the sauce over an ice bath, You can create a foam by using a hand blender.

Place the charlotte in the center of the plate. Garnish with the cinnamon crumble. Top with vanilla ice cream and arrange the pear shavings around the ice cream. Finally, using a spoon, place a spoonful of the foam around the charlotte.


For Coconut Panna Cotta:

* 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/4 piece vanilla bean
* 1/2 cup coconut flakes
* 1/2 teaspoon gelatin

Combine the milk, sugar and vanilla bean in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the coconut flakes and remove from the heat. Allow to sit 5 minutes. Soften the gelatin in cold water and add to the hot milk. Pour into a white wine glass and chill.

For Compote:

* 1 peach
* 2 cups red wine/water 50/50
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1 stick cinnamon
* 1/2 piece vanilla bean
* peel of 1/2 lemon

Place all of the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the peach, remove from heat and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to sit until cooled. Cut peach in segments.

For Sauce:

Bring some of the compote sauce to a boil. Make a slurry with cornstarch and water. Add enough of the slurry to the compote liquid to thicken it to the point where it coats the back of a spoon. Cool.

To assemble, top the panna cotta with vanilla ice cream and top with the peach compote and sauce.

(Watch “Sam Choy’s Kitchen” Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KHNL News 8.)

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