Country-Style Pear Dumplings

Country-Style Pear Dumplings

For a colorful presentation, garnish these irresistible dessert dumplings with fresh mint leaves, fresh raspberries, and a twist of orange peel.

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Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
SERVINGS
2
PREP TIME
40 mins

Country-Style Pear Dumplings

For a colorful presentation, garnish these irresistible dessert dumplings with fresh mint leaves, fresh raspberries, and a twist of orange peel.

Country-Style Pear Dumplings
SERVINGS
2
PREP TIME
40 mins
by 2  people
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Ingredients
  • 2   tablespoons finely chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts
  • 1   tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon finely shredded orange or lemon peel
  •  dash ground cinnamon
  • 2   small pears
  • 1   slightly beaten egg white
  • 1   tablespoon water
  •  Granulated sugar
  •  Half-and-half or light cream (optional)
Basic Pastry Dough
  • 1 1/4  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/3  cup shortening
  • 3 - 4   tablespoons water

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Directions
1. 
Prepare Basic Pastry Dough as directed. Cover 2 portions and set aside. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch baking dish. Set baking dish aside.
2. 
In a small bowl stir together the pecans, brown sugar, orange or lemon peel, and cinnamon. Set aside. Peel pears. Core the pears from the bottom, leaving the stems in place. Press half of the nut mixture into the center of each pear. Set aside.
3. 
On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of pastry dough into a 7- to 8-inch square. Place a pear in the center of each square. Moisten the edges of the pastry with water. Bring the pastry up around the pear, pleating and pressing to seal around the stem. Roll the pastry back slightly to expose the stem. Place the wrapped pears in the prepared baking dish.
4. 
In a small bowl stir together the egg white and water. Brush egg white mixture over the wrapped pears. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 40 minutes or until the pears are tender and pastry is golden. Cover pears loosely with foil the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Serve warm. If desired, serve with half-and-half or light cream. Makes 2 dumplings.
Basic Pastry Dough
1. 
Prepare Basic Pastry Dough as directed. Cover 2 portions and set aside. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch baking dish. Set baking dish aside.
2. 
In a small bowl stir together the pecans, brown sugar, orange or lemon peel, and cinnamon. Set aside. Peel pears. Core the pears from the bottom, leaving the stems in place. Press half of the nut mixture into the center of each pear. Set aside.
3. 
On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of pastry dough into a 7- to 8-inch square. Place a pear in the center of each square. Moisten the edges of the pastry with water. Bring the pastry up around the pear, pleating and pressing to seal around the stem. Roll the pastry back slightly to expose the stem. Place the wrapped pears in the prepared baking dish.
4. 
In a small bowl stir together the egg white and water. Brush egg white mixture over the wrapped pears. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 40 minutes or until the pears are tender and pastry is golden. Cover pears loosely with foil the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. Serve warm. If desired, serve with half-and-half or light cream. Makes 2 dumplings.
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