Chocolate-Caramel Dipped Pears
I was in the mood for something decadent but refreshing. Those two things can be hard to find in a single dessert but crisp fruit dipped in gooey chocolate and caramel fit the bill. This is a simple dessert that presents beautifully and can be adapted in endless ways depending on what you have lying around. When you think about it, most fruits would taste divine dipped in chocolate and caramel, agreed?
First, I made the Salted Caramel I posted about a couple of months ago, created by Baker in Recovery. It’s never a bad idea to make a batch of this stuff when you have all the ingredients on hand and just leave it in your fridge for last-minute drizzling over ice cream or a dip of your finger when you need that little something to lighten your mood. Heck, make a double batch. This stuff is so delicious. You’ll see what I mean.
The chocolate is a simple ganache of chocolate chips and soy milk and the peanuts and pear are ready to go, au natural.
So here’s the list:
- one just-ripe pear (an overly ripe pear won’t hold its form during the dipping process)
- Vegan Salted Caramel
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup soy milk
- 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
Slice the pear and dip each slice into the caramel. You may need to use a spoon to gob it on and then spread it around evenly. Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment and then place the sheet into the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
While the dipped slices are chilling, make the chocolate by bringing the soy milk to a simmer in a saucepan, then adding the chocolate chips and mixing continuously until it’s well-blended and a thick, dark-brown consistency.
When the pears are finished chilling, take each slice and dip it into the chocolate. Again, a spoon may be helpful to assist in covering the slices evenly. Next, sprinkle each slice with the crushed peanuts. Place them back on the parchment-lined baking sheet and place into the refrigerator again until you’re ready to serve.