Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Phyllo Wrapped Ice Cream Stuffed Pears


After I posted the Individual Peach Pies a few months ago, I received a sweet email from a reader in Georgia who had had a peach baked with ice cream inside at a restaurant. She suggested I try making them and I loved the idea. Since peach season has passed, I decided to take on this culinary challenge using pears. First I tried with puff pastry, but it required too much time in the oven, and I ended up with pear ice cream soup. Phillo worked great as it cooks quickly and has the added benefit of being healthier than puff pastry. 
Aren't these bundles fun? I've never seen anything like them - I love getting recipe ideas/challenges from readers. Thank you, my friend in Georgia for the inspiration. This recipe would be a special addition to any dinner for the holidays. Just be sure to stuff your pears with ice cream the night before. 

Here's how to do it with a super cute 2 year old eating ice cream! 




Phyllo Wrapped Ice Cream Stuffed Pears 

Serves 4 

4 medium pears 
1 pint good quality ice cream, softened (I used vanilla bean, but any flavor will do) 
1 box phyllo dough, thawed 
cooking spray or 2 tablespoons melted butter 
1 teaspoon sugar 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
baking twine 
caramel sauce (I used Trader Joe's salted caramel sauce - yum!) 
fresh mint for garnish (optional) 

Cut 1" off the tops of pears. Use a melon baller to scoop out the core and make a hole for the ice cream. Use a small spoon to fill each pear with ice cream. Place the pear top back on and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight or at least 4 hours. 


Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Lay 5 sheets of phyllo dough on the counter on top of each other. Cover the phyllo you are not working with with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out. Spray each layer of dough with cooking spray, or brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Trim the dough to an 8 to 10" square for each pear. Unwrap frozen pear and place on the center of the dough square. Wrap dough up and around the frozen pear. Secure with a piece of baking twine. Continue wrapping the pears until all have been used. Immediately bake on a cookie sheet for about 3 minutes, until the dough is golden brown all over. Watch carefully so the dough does not burn. Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes so that the pears will defrost a bit more. Serve with caramel sauce. Garnish with fresh mint. 


31 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! Love this!

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  2. Oh my goodness, does this sound good! I'll have to try this recipe since both my kids love both fruit and ice cream. Your little helper looks adorable in the video. I can see she likes ice cream too :)

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  3. You are brilliant, Marina!

    And I love when you put together videos. Your little helper was hilarious in this one! (:

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  4. I literally gasped when I saw this in my RSS feed. You are a genius! Such a cute video - you girls are gorgeous!

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  5. Wow! These are just gorgeous.

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  6. This is so creative! Saving this recipe to try sometime this fall or winter.

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  7. Simply Gorgeous! What a wonderful dessert to serve for the holidays.

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  8. Marina, those pears are lovely, and it taste just great: I had it many times with my coffee when I lived in Europe. But the cutest part of your video is that little 2 years old eating the ice cream. She is adorable, and she has a show of her own going on next to you! :) Thanks for sharing, I love this recipe, or technique... :)

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  9. Ohh I simply love this, what a great idea!! I still have yet to try those peach pies I pinned months ago, this one I'm definitely adding to the list!! :)

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  10. Marina,
    That looks delicious and how pretty it would be served at a dinner party. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Karen

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  11. Gorgeous, and if you can do it with your two year old sitting on the counter next to you, I think I can manage it---I love the video!!!

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  12. These are beautiful! Love how simple they are while being impressive!

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  13. That looks so elegant and delicious. Wonderful recipe and pictures. Come and visit us. We are having a really great giveaway this week - a $75 swank bag giveaway from Pick Your Plum.

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  14. such a charming dessert and video! easy and so special.

    smiles to you.

    michele

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  15. Marina these are beautiful!!!

    Still thinking about Blogher Food 13 in Austin? I think I'm registering these week:) Would be so fun to meet you!!

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  16. What a fun recipe and the video is so precious.

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  17. Such a creative recipe. And I am loving your tutorial videos! Great! Just Great!

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  18. Great recipe and a great video, your assistant performed like a professional :)

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  19. Very clever Marina. Charming, pretty and easy! (loved how your daughter was just jamming on that ice-cream in the background-too funny!)

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  20. A-mazing! Love this idea and definitely needed the video!

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  21. very creative idea.

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  22. This is so creative and fun Marina!! Hope you guys have an amazing weekend!

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  23. Gorgeous! I love your video with your daughter...so cute!

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  24. Almost too pretty to eat! I love your little kitchen helper!!!

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  25. exquisite is the first word that comes to mind:)

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  26. What a neat idea! Looks beautiful too!

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  27. Love this idea for a dinner party I'm having. I have a question though, after the pears have been in the freezer overnight, do you think it's okay to wrap them in the phyllo dough and put them back in the freezer until I'm ready to put them in the oven so I don't have to do that while guests are there?

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    1. Hi Kristina, Yes that should be totally fine. One note, the pears will still be very hard after baking so I would bake them and then let them sit 5-10 minutes before serving. Let me know how it goes!

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