Recipe: Fresh Pear Baklava

by Michelle on March 5, 2012 · 9 comments

in Healthy Desserts,Recipes,Refined Sugar-Free,Season,Autumn,Meal

Here is a delicious dessert recipe which uses a fresh pear slices instead of filo pastry for a healthier twist on the traditional Baklava recipe.

Recipe: Fresh Pear Baklava

Alleregen info/recipe info: This recipe contains nuts.

This recipe can vegan/vegetarian if using coconut oil instead of butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pear
  • ~1/4 C. nuts* (a mix of macadamias, almonds, pistachios and walnuts is nice).
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil or butter/ghee
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • a drizzle of raw local honey
  • cinnamon extra, to sift on top
  • optional: yoghurt or home-made vanilla ice cream (to serve)

A few tips on finding healthier nuts and seeds & preparing them:  Nuts and seeds can be made easier to digest to by having them sprouted or soaking and then drying them in a dehydrator. Here is how to sprout nuts and seeds. I’ve always found the freshest nuts are at farmers markets, but wherever nuts are solds often (meaning the batch of nuts is not sitting around for months and weeks) can be a good indicator as to how fresh it is. Also if you taste a nut such as a walnut it shouldn’t taste ‘bitter’ this is an indication the fats in the nuts are randcid (they have oxidized).

How to:

Make the pear ‘pastry’ slices:

Using a mandolin carefully slice a whole pear length ways to produce a lot of thin pear slices. They will act as the ‘pastry’. Line up the pear ‘pastry’ together and cut the pastry in half so you have two mounds of pastry (i.e. for two serves). Set these aside.

Now make the filling:

Chop the nuts into very small pieces. In a pan heat the coconut oil/butter/ghee add the nuts, cinnamon, lemon juice and vanilla and cook for a 1 minute or so. Take this off the heat.

Now to arrange the Fresh Pear Baklava:

Take each slice of pear add a bit of the nut mixture, then another slice of pear on top of that and so on. Do this for both lot of pear slices.

Serve with a bit of left over nut mixture (if there is any) and a drizzle of honey & serve with yoghurt or home-made vanilla ice cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle

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Nutrition by Nature March 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Yum! This looks totally delicious! Great idea with the pear for pastry, love it.

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Chandra March 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

This looks incredible and a great alternative for the pastry too!

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Tim @ Chicken and Apples March 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I think I just fell in love with this recipe. (Baklava + pears)^(Good for you) = wow.

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Danijela March 11, 2012 at 3:21 am

Hello,
I must say that I have never seen this recipe before. I make traditional baklava regularly, it’s one of my favorites, so this sounds interesting. I see that preparation is much easier than for regular one, I think i will give it a try. I hope it taste similar.

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Catie @ Head Plant Health March 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

This is so clever Michelle! I’m shamelessly salivating.

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El Oso con Botas April 18, 2012 at 6:41 am

I love the melting and crunchy texture that baklava’s pastry gives but I must admit that your recipe is really a great and healthy change in the recipe. The photos make even easy to imagine how delicious it must be :)

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Michelle April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

Oh thank you so much for your kind comments. The good thing about pear is that is still has a ‘slight’ crunch reminiscent of the pastry :).

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