Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Old Parkdale Inn... Mary's Poached Pears!
Mary at the Old Parkdale Inn in Parkdale, Oregon invited us to come for a visit this month. We have always wanted to try snowshoeing which we did with Mary, her husband Steve and their dog Tilly. I enjoyed the outing but man oh man, next time I'm going to work the stair master to prepare a little better before I go. So, when Mary wanted to make this recipe of Moscato Poached Pears the next morning, it sounded a lot less painful!
No Moscato in the house so we gladly changed it out with a local liqueur from Clear Creek Distillery in Portland. It was a Loganberry liqueur and added such a gorgeous color to our syrup and made the poached pears look so rich and of course they were delicious!
By the way... here's the link for the recipe: http://fifteenspatulas.com/2012/01/12/moscato-poached-pears-wrapped-in-puff-pastry/
Mary's kitchen is awesome! Room for two or more, we worked together and had fun wrapping the poached pears with our puff pastry. I had never made these before either so it was kind of like playing with my food which is always fun. Mary took the left over pastry and shook a little cinnamon and sugar over it and baked it along with the pears. The baked triangles of puff pasty came in handy for dipping in the left over liqueur syrup.
The best part about this recipe and making these poached pears was eating them of course but the photograph afterward... amazing! They looked gorgeous and were so easy to make. I can see this not only as a good breakfast accompaniment but also a great addition to a scoop of Tillamook vanilla ice cream!
Thanks Mary, Steve and Tilly for your hospitality at the Old Parkdale Inn. Thanks for the awesome views on our snowshoeing adventure and mostly... thanks for a delicious dinner and the breakfast of these Poached Pears!
Find Mary at the Old Parkdale Inn: http://hoodriverlodging.com/