Hay bales and Honey Wrapped Pears

Moving some hay bales today from one storage shed to another, making it much easier to feed the sheep in the mornings.  So on this cold day I'm planning on baking something warm and sweet as a treat for Noel's hard work.

Wrapped poached pears with the most amazing cinnamon and honey drizzle.  Hold onto your socks, cos this is going to blow them off!

I've bought these pears from the supermarket, they were labelled 'Peculiar Pears' - I think it's great that the supermarket is selling fruit and veg that hasn't, in their eyes, fit the bill before. It's insane to think that this pear would have been thrown out because it wasn't the right shape. I personally can't see anything wrong with them, they are fresh, crisp and pretty much perfect! 

See, here are my three amigos for today...nothing wrong with them at all.

Recipe: Honey Wrapped Pears 

I found this recipe on ALDI test kitchen website purely by googling poached pears.  I've made some changes to the recipe to suit my pantry.  The recipe calls for 4 pears but I've gone with three and slightly altered the amounts on each of the ingredients.

4 pears
4 cups of water
2 cups of raw sugar
1 cup of honey - I've used 100% pure Tasmanian clover honey produced by The Backyard Bee 
1/2 lemon, juiced
3 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
1 vanilla pod, broken in half
2 sheets of puff pastry

Preheat oven to 180, line a baking tray with baking paper. Peel your pears and set them aside, I also cut the pears bottoms so they sit nicely.  In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar and honey; bring to a simmer over medium - high heat.  Once the sugar has dissolved, add the pears, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and vanilla pod.  Simmer until the pears are fork tender, about 30 minutes.

Once tender, remove from pan and allow to cool.  Continue to simmer the poaching liquid until reduced to 1/2 cup.

Cut pastry into thin stripes and wrap them around the pears, starting at the base working up. Pop them into the oven for around 20 minutes or until golden.  Serve with a drizzle of the reduction.

Ohhhh, my hot and steamy pears!

Here they are all wrapped up, baked and sticky.

Quickly pop on over to the shed to deliver the honey wrapped pear before it cools off too much.

Here you go sweetheart, enjoy!  Noel gives a new meaning to the occupation hand model.

While he's enjoying that, I'll have a quick look around this gorgeous shed.  

Hope you enjoy this quick and very easy recipe. x Julie