Roasted Brandied Pears with Bleu Cheese
We traditionally celebrate Tu B’Shevat or the, “New Year for Trees”, by eating fruit and nuts that are native to the Land of Israel. These include grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.
Tu B’Shevat falls on the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar begins tomorrow night and many of us will plant trees throughout the Land of Israel. This is, in a sense, a renewal of our commitment to Hashem and to the Land that He gave to our Ancestors. This is also the day that our Ancestors gave tithes from all the produce that we grew in the Land of Israel.
I might add that on this day that the many of the trees in the Land of Israel begin to bloom. This really is the new year for the trees. I have been amazed to have discovered that this really happens every year exactly on this day. What follows are a few recipes that I know you will enjoy.
4 large ripe Pears, halved lengthwise and cored
1 cup of Kosher Brandy
½ cup Brown Sugar
1 tbs. Butter at room temperature
¼ cup Bleu Cheese crumbled
In a large gallon size zip locked plastic bag add the brandy, ¾ cup of brown sugar, the pecans and the pears. Marinate for several hours or overnight before cooking.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Place the pears face up on a large baking pan. Add a drop of butter to the core of each pear. Sprinkle on a little more brown sugar and broil for 15 minutes until the pears are caramelized. Sprinkle on a little bleu cheese and add one pecan to each pear half.
A special note. Whenever possible please purchase Kosher items that come from Israel especially those products that originate in Judea and the Shomron.
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