Sous Vide Pears with Vanilla Butter

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Recipe Temp 175 F / 79.4 C
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Poached pears are one of my favorite desserts -- they're silky smooth and just sweet enough to qualify as a treat. Poaching the pears with a precision cooker makes it possible to concentrate that sweet pear flavor and add an enriching pat of butter. After only 30 minutes of poaching, the pears are spoon-tender and their juices have melded with the butter to form a luxurious sauce. A dollop of vanilla ice cream is the perfect finishing touch.
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Ingredients for 2

  • 2 ripe pears, peeled

  • 1 vanilla bean

  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon flaky sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Directions

  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 175ºF (79ºC).

  • Step 2

    Slice the pears in half lengthwise. Using a small measuring spoon, scoop out the core. Divide pear halves between two zipper lock or vacuum seal bags.

  • Step 3

    Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and use the back of a pairing knife to scrape all of the seeds out into a small bowl. Add the brown sugar and salt. Using your fingers, rub the vanilla bean seeds into the sugar until well combined.

  • Step 4

    Divide the sugar mixture between the two bags. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter and one half of the vanilla bean pod to each bag. Seal the bags using the water immersion technique or a vacuum sealer on the moist setting. Transfer the bags to the water bath and set the timer for 30 minutes.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 1

      When the timer goes off, remove the bags from the water bath. Remove the pears from the bag and transfer to serving bowls.

    • Step 2

      Use a spoon to drizzle butter sauce from the bags over pears. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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