This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was the epitome of autumnal simplicity. Gorgeous local pears (the recipe on p 396 calls for apples or pears but I had pears on hand), gently poached in a syrup made of sugar and honey and spices that just scream autumn (orange and lemon zest with a touch of the juices, star anise – though I used cloves – and cinnamon).
I also added a splash of Crème de Cassis as well, because I am fond of fruit poached in wine and thought this would be a nice addition of sweetness to contrast the tartness of the syrup.
I served this with a dollop of the new Iögo Greko Honey yogurt and some roughly chopped walnuts for some texture – poached fruit sometimes can remind me of hospital food but this with its Crème de Cassis and walnuts was far from it! The pears were alos great with a bit of granola and more yogurt for breakfast and a late afternoon snack during the week. So versatile!
French Fridays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs (though this week you can find the recipe online here), rather, we prefer if you purchase Around My French Table for yourselves (trust me, you definitely want this book!) which you can do here on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Go on, treat yourself – join us! Honestly, the recipes that I didn’t like I can count on one hand. Really!