Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pumpkin-Spiced Chocolate Covered Pear with Toasted Pecans

Here we have #3 idea for combining pumpkin and chocolate.  So there isn't any actual pumpkin in this one, but we do have pumpkin spice!  This is a super fun twist on your basic dark chocolate.  Husband loved it.  The spiced chocolate works well with the sweet, juicy pear and the toasted pecans provide a nutty crunch.  Really fun and easy dessert.  Also a great idea for a party.
Stayed tuned for the final pumpkin + chocolate recipe next week (just in time for Thanksgiving): 

-2-3 ripe organic pears (soft to touch but not mushy)
-1 bar of the best chocolate on the planet
-1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix (or to taste)
-1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted 

How To:
1.  Wash and dry your beautiful pears 
2.  Heat chocolate bar on low over double boiler (if you don't have one, it's pretty easy to fashion a makeshift version with your everyday pots and saute pans)
3. Add pumpkin spice mix to melted chocolate, stir and remove from heat
4.  Drizzle chocolate over half of pear
5.  Sprinkle on toasted pecans
6.  Set on cookie cooling rack 

*You can certainly add some sweetener to the chocolate.  We happen to like the dark chocolate flavor.  Adding a tablespoon of honey, agave, coconut sugar, etc., will give it a little sweet kick
Shared on: Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays

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