Dominic DeGrande, the South San Francisco Conference Center’s head of catering has a special recipe to share with you today. Enjoy the Mascarpone Stuffed Caramelized Pears recipe, one of our favorite!
– 3 pears: ripe, seeded, cut in half & cored
– 2 tbs butter
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 2 cups granulated sugar
– 1 lb mascarpone cheese
– 1 lb cream cheese
– 4 oz powdered sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla
Mix 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 cup of brown sugar. Use mixture to throughly coat the halved pears. In a skillet, add the butter and start caramelizing the pears for 5 minutes on each side on medium heat. Make sure to not burn the sugar.
Place pears on a sheet pan and put in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove pears from oven and place in fridge to cool for 10 minutes.
In a mixer, add the mascarpone, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 5 minutes and place mixture in a pastry bag.
To make decorations, place on cup of granulated sugar in a non stick skillet on medium heat until sugar melts and is a caramelized. Use a table spoon to scoop heated sugar and drizzle on parchment paper in circular motions to create spirals. Leave to cool and harden.
Lastly, stuff pears with 1-2 tablespoons of mascarpone filling then decorate with your caramelized designs.