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PECAN AND PEAR PAIN PERDU

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This yummy dessert will be sure to become a firm family favourite.

  • Makes : 2 |
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  • Prep Time : 10 mins |
  • Cook Time : 10 mins
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  • 2 ripe, but not too ripe, pears
  • 1 large egg
  • 100ml milk
  • 4 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 2 thick slices stale white bread – hence the term ‘perdu’ or ‘lost’. The slices can be no-nonsense oblongs or you can snip them with scissors into hearts
  • 80g butter
  • Handful pecan nuts

Halve the pears, peel and core them and then cut lengthways into 1mm thin slices. Put to one side. Break the egg into a shallow bowl, whisk with a fork and add 2 teaspoons of sugar and the milk. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture, turning over to coat each side. Melt approximately 40g of butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. When hot and frothy, add the bread and fry for a couple of minutes on both sides until golden brown. Put each slice on a plate.

Wipe the frying pan with kitchen paper and then melt the remaining 40g of butter over a medium heat, along with the rest of the sugar. Stir until dissolved and then add the pear slices and the pecan nuts. Cook gently for 4 or 5 minutes until the pears are soft and golden and the nuts are well coated. Arrange the pears and nuts artfully over the bread.

Serve with creme fraiche.