The simples things can be just as satisfying as the most elaborate pastries. Here, rather than fussing with making a pastry to hold cooked fruit, the brewer has done the work for you! Lightly seasoned and warmed fruit paired with grainy beer creates the overall impression of eating a rustic pear tart. Simply amazing for 2 minutes of effort.
|Aroma: low cooked apple, low honey, very low nutmeg|
|Flavor: low pear with a hint of granny smith apple, very slight bitterness from peel, slightly tart|
|Texture: crisp-tender, flesh is grainy|
|Pairing: The beer seems grainer and the actual fruit overshadows the esters in the beer. Upon returning to the warm pear, you get the impression of eating pie, from the combination of lingering graininess of the beer and the baked pear. The simple warm pear is suddenly elevated to the experience of a delicate tart, with far less work.|
Warm Asian Pears drizzled w/ Honey
Fresh nutmeg has a more delicate floral quality and is preferred. Purchasing ground nutmeg is just fine, though you will want to use a lighter touch when sprinkling it on the pear to avoid overwhelming the other flavors.
1/2 an Asian Pear per person
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Set pear on counter with core vertical. Cut ¼ inch rounds working your way towards the core on each side.
3. Place pears on baking sheet and bake 10 minutes in 350 degree oven.
4. Arrange pears on plates, drizzle with about ½ t honey for each plate and grate a bit of nutmeg over each plate.