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Pear Flan Aux Amandes

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Ingredients
  Bartlett pears 4 , peeled, halved and cored
  Water 2 1⁄4 Cup (36 tbs)
  Honey 1 Tablespoon
  Whole cloves 3
  Whole eggs 2
  Egg white 1
  Low fat milk 1 Cup (16 tbs), scalded
  Almond extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Frozen apple juice concentrate 2 Tablespoon
  Orange flavored liqueur 2 Teaspoon
  Ground almonds 2 Tablespoon
  Raspberries 4 (For Garnishing)
  Blueberries 4 (For Garnishing)
  Red grapes 4 (For Garnishing)
  Kiwifruit slices 4 (For Garnishing)
  Orange twists 3 (For Garnishing)
  Orange rind 1 , julienned (For Garnishing)
Directions

1. Poach the pears in the water with the honey and cloves in a medium-size saucepan for 8 to 10 minutes or until the pears are tender. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool the pears in the poaching liquid.
2. Preheat the oven to moderate (350°).
3. Beat the eggs and egg white in a medium-size bowl until blended. Add the scalded milk, almond extract and apple juice concentrate, blending well. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve.
4. Spray a 9-inch quiche dish or pie pan with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cooled pears from the poaching liquid (reserve 1 to 2 tablespoons of the poaching liquid for the Raspberry Coulis, if you wish). Pat the pears dry with paper toweling. Slice the pears to make a fan shape. Arrange the pears in the prepared dish. Pour the strained milk mixture over the pears. Sprinkle with the orange-flavored liqueur, then the ground nuts. Place the dish in a larger baking pan on the middle rack of the oven. Pour in water to come 1 inch up the side of the dish.
5. Bake the flan in the preheated moderate oven (350°) for 25 minutes or until the filling is set. Cool the flan on a wire rack. Garnish with the fresh fruits and serve with the chilled Raspberry Coulis, if you wish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Pear
Interest: 
Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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