Following a recent visit from my Sister-in_law who has got very expert green fingers and left me with a large pile of home grown pears I ha e been wondering what to make with them. I discovered a little technique today which will solve that conundrum – caramelised pears.
Now before you break out into a sweat and think I used sugar you will be wrong. In fact I used butter Frylight and sweetener and am very pleased with the results. The pears went a lovely golden colour but unfortunately in my excitement I didn’t get a photo – although here is one halfway through cooking – they are just starting to turn!
The next conundrum was – when I have caramelised them what will I do with them. Well, I have been craving chocolate today so the obvious answer was a dessert that contained chocolate s pears – see my thinking?!
Ok so lots of desserts are ladies with sugar and there’s also the argument about how healthy cooked fruit is because the sugar in the fruit changes when cooked. I do believe a little bit of what you fancy does you good however so here is the recipe for Caramelised Pear and Chocolate Tart.
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Now before you reach for the pears you will need a flan case. What better case to use than. Lo-Dough. The incredibly low calorie and amazingly versatile bread alternative that has everyone talking. As Lo-Dough readily admits, it’s like Marmite but for those on a weightloss plan or restrictive diet it can be like nectar for the Gods!
The next dilemma was to try and make it as low syn as possible. Yes, I follow Slimming World and as soon as Chocolate and cooked fruit is mentioned we grimace at the cost!
Here is my breakdown for syn values – however you must check your own syn values to protect your own weight loss journey and different products contain varying syn values
Lo-Dough 2 syns
Unsweetened cocoa powder 8 syns
Cooked pear 2 syns
Semi skimmed milk 5 syns
I also used sweetener which you syn at 1/2 syn per tbsp, I have not counted that as I used less than 1 tbsp per serving.
To make Caramelised Pear and Chocolate Tart you will need
A food processor or a good whisk and deep bowl
A non stick frying pan
A deep plate to fit the Lo-Dough as a case such as a small to medium sized flan dish
1 piece of Lo-Dough
1 large unripe hard pear peeled and sliced – core removed
2 tsp sweetener plus 3 tbsp of sweetener
4 large eggs
50gms unsweetened cocoa powder
200ml semi skimmed milk
Pre heat oven to Gas 6, electric 200, fan 180
Press your Lo-Dough into the flan dish and place on a baking tray
Combine the eggs, milk, 3 tbsp sweetener, cocoa powder and whisk until thoroughly mixed – I used a Nutribullet but if you have any blender that will suffice.
Pour the mix into your flan case and pop into the oven.
Whilst the flan is cooking heat your frying pan and add the pears to the pan . Spray generously with frying on both sides and sprinkle with 2 tsp sweetener. Cook on a medium heat until golden brown and the pears have slightly softened. After apx 10-15 mins check to see if a good skin has formed on top of your Tart . When the skin is a good thick skin it will hold the weight of the pears. Arrange the pears on top and pop back in the oven. The Tart will need another 15 mins or so depending on your oven. The top will be firm and a spongy texture when cooked. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve hot or cold.
150 calories per serving ( serves 4)
Carbs 12.5 gms
Fat 7.4 gms
Protein 9.7 gms
4.5 syns per serving on Slimming World
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