There is something about Honey Crisp apples and green pears that scream Fall is here. For years I have wowed friends, business colleagues (of my husband), and family alike with my flaming fruit. In the Summer months nectarines, peaches, and mangos are perfect; this flaming dessert is season versatile (almost any fruit works and taste great!) If you have some under ripe fruit, brown sugar, and rum in your cupboard last minute guests become a breeze (at least the dessert portion).
I have lost count of the numerous incidents DF, my Husband, has called at 5:30 asking if it would be alright to bring a few colleagues to house for dinner. We have been married for over 20 years and he still believes I can create a delicious meal with a superior dessert in a moments notice.
Recipe for two servings
2 medium apples, sliced
1-2 medium pears, sliced
59 gram/ 1/4-cup brown sugar
1/4-teaspoon cinnamon ground
Nutmeg, graded about a pinch
59 grams/ 1/4-cup water
45 grams/ 3-Tablespoons rum
2-teapoons fresh lemon juice
Pinch lemon zest
Prepare your mise en place.
Slice the fruit.
In a heavy bottom sauté pan add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Pour the water and stir to combine.
Bring the syrup to a boil, then add in the slice fruit.
Once the syrup evaporates by half remove the pan off the heat, add 1-Tablespoon of rum, and tilt the pan toward the flame (for gas stoves) and watch the flames. For an electric stove use flame igniter starter.
We generally wait till the flame dies down and repeat the process two more times. Move the fruit around the pan with heat proof tongs, all the fruit should be coated with syrup.
Remove the fruit with the heat proof tongs and transfer to a cup or decorative small bowl. Pour the remaing syrup over the fruit, and squeeze lemon juice.
Sprinkle lemon zest over the top. This dessert is best served warm.
If you have ice cream or crème frâiche this become an elegant dessert.