I am a sucker for anything light and creamy and sweet of course. I asked my husband to pick up some fruit from the store one day and he came home with a sack full of pears. I’m typically more of a strawberry, grapes & kiwi type of girl, but my honey was onto something when he switched it up.


What you need:

  • 4 pears
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

What you do:

  • Peel the pears and cut in half (try to leave the stems in tact)
  • Core the pears with a melon baller or a spoon (the melon baller will give you a perfect hole)
  • Add your water, brown sugar and honey to a large saucepan and let simmer until the sugar and honey dissolves
  • Stir in your spices and almond extract
  • Add your pears in with the inside facing up (I pushed them down so the liquid would fill the inside and help keep the pears from floating to the top)
  • Cover the pears and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until you can poke the pears easily with a fork (be careful not to let the pears get too soft…we don’t want mush)
  • Remove the pears and the juices and put them in a covered dish to steep

You can eat the pears once they cool but I decided to steep them in the fridge over night for more flavor


What you need:

  • Your remaining juices from your poached pears

What you do:

  • Pour the juices into a saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Turn down to medium-high heat and cook until the juices reduce and thicken


This recipe is actually an adaptation of my mom and grandmother’s banana pudding recipe.

What you need:

  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup of sugar (the recipe calls for 1 full cup but I like my pudding a little less sweet)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract

What you do: 

  • Mix your dry ingredients together in a saucepan
  • Mix your yolks and milk in a bowl
  • Add your egg mixture to the saucepan
  • Cook on low to medium, stirring occasionally, until your mixture starts to thicken
  • Make sure to stir to keep it smooth…nobody likes lumpy pudding
  • Remove the pudding from the heat and stir in your extract

This recipe might seem like a bit much because of all the pieces and steps, but it is really very easy and equally delicious. Enjoy!

With lots of love from my heart to your belly!


Posted by:RC

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