Poached Pears in Puff Pastry
A simple, classic, and elegant recipe for a small dinner party, or to enjoy right at home. Easy recipes for you to create, with an end result that looks elevated and special.
- Peel pears, slice in half, and remove pits.
- Poach the pears in a mixture of white wine and sugar, with a few cinnamon sticks. Poach until tender, cool completely.
- Use store-bought puff pastry. Let thaw in the fridge for 2-3 hours and then unroll. Use a 5” round cookie cutter to cut out circles.
- Place a half pear in the center of each circle. Brush each pastry with egg.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Pumpkin Pie Garnishes
A simple touch that makes your pie more stylish and special for the occasion—while hiding any imperfections your pie may have.
- Use on your homemade pie, or as a great way to elevate one from the store (…we won’t tell).
- Take your pie dough and use small cookie cutters (like the leaves shown above) to cut-out your garnishes. On a cookie sheet, place your garnish shapes.
- Using egg white, brush each shape and sprinkle some sugar on top.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 9 minutes.
- Place on your pie and get creative with it!
Apple cider is good—great, some may say. But do you know what’s better? Brandied cider.
- Combine ½ gallon of apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries.
- Warm the ingredients on the stove to make mulled cider.
- For each drink, combine 8 oz. of mulled cider with 1.5 oz. of Calvados (French apple brandy).
A bright and flavorful cocktail great for toasting with family for small holiday gatherings.
- Combine 3 oz. of cognac, 0.5 oz. of sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of bitters.
- Shake ingredients in a shaker, then add ice and strain into coupe glass.
- Whisk egg whites and brush them onto fresh raspberries. Dip the raspberries in raw sugar.
- Once raspberries are dry, use as garnish.