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Peras con Piloncillo, Tequila y Chocolate /
Pears with raw Sugar, Tequila and Chocolate
An impressive dessert, easy to prepare, very light and scrumptious!
• 2 ½ C. water
• 1 T grated lime peel
• 1 stick cinnamon
• 1 cone piloncillo in chunks or 1/3 C. brown sugar
• 1/3 C. white tequila
• 6 firm pears, peeled with core removed and stem intact
• 6 oz. Mexican chocolate
• 1 can crema or creme fraiche
• 1/2 C. toasted almond slices
Place the water, lime peel, cinnamon and piloncillo in a saucepan and boil until sugar dissolves. Add the tequila and pears, cover and simmer gently until the pears soften. Do not let pears get mushy.
While pears are cooking melt chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Add a little hot water to chocolate if it does not seem to be melting smoothly.
Carefully remove pears from pot with slotted spoon. On dessert plates or platter, ladle cream in a circular pattern. Trim bottom of the pears evenly so they will stand upright on the serving platter and place them onto the cream. Drizzle melted chocolate on pears and garnish with sliced almonds.