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Pears in Calvados

(26 Posts)
Nanny27 Sat 12-Dec-20 19:22:46

I've been given a jar of pears in Calvados which I am very pleased with. However I would love some ideas of what to do with them or some serving ideas.

BlueBelle Sat 12-Dec-20 19:28:23

I thought Calvados must be a place, I ve never heard of it !

Missfoodlove Sat 12-Dec-20 19:34:45

Lucky you.
You could make a variation of a tarte tatin and make a reduction of the calvados as a glaze.
Or serve them cold with a calvados reduction and cream.

Ellianne Sat 12-Dec-20 19:36:33

Yes, it is a region in Normandy Northern France.

trisher Sat 12-Dec-20 19:37:21

My mother thought fruit with booze served with ice cream the best thing ever. She had a special bottle of liqueur that she poured over strawberries.

Mamie Sat 12-Dec-20 19:37:53

It is a département (county) in Normandy and an apple brandy. I would just serve them with ice-cream. The local speciality pudding is tergoule, a cinnamon flavoured rice pudding. I have never had it with pears though. You could just extract the pears and drink the Calva (but not too much). 😀

Mamie Sat 12-Dec-20 19:41:01

I have a bottle of it from 1948, given to me by a neighbour and made by her father.

Ellianne Sat 12-Dec-20 19:48:36

In Brittany, the neighbouring region, I've seen them wrapped in puff pastry or as fillings in crepes (pancakes). Both with a big blob of ice cream.

MawBe Sat 12-Dec-20 19:49:08

Eat the pears
Drink the Calva

Sorted

Grandma70s Sat 12-Dec-20 19:49:45

One of my mother’s star dishes was pears poached in red wine, but I don’t think I’ve ever had pears in Calvados. Sounds good.

Ellianne Sat 12-Dec-20 19:49:48

MawBe

Eat the pears
Drink the Calva

Sorted

Your throat will be on fire!

Jaxjacky Sat 12-Dec-20 19:50:04

Upside down cake, trifle, whatever you would use preserved fruit for (like tinned), adults only though!!

Callistemon Sat 12-Dec-20 19:53:50

Just eat with cream, creme fraiche or good icecream

Lovely.

Ellianne Sat 12-Dec-20 19:58:08

Sorry Mamie, I called Calvados a region. Of course it is a département, 14.
I was engrossed in Strictly, not concentrating!

MawBe Sat 12-Dec-20 20:04:04

Ellianne

MawBe

Eat the pears
Drink the Calva

Sorted

Your throat will be on fire!

Nonsense!
No dinner is complete without the trou normand
Our Norman friends make their own Pommeau - a mixture of Calva and home made cidre - now that really packs a punch!

Ellianne Sat 12-Dec-20 20:29:44

Wow MawBe that sounds lethal! grin

MawBe Sat 12-Dec-20 20:32:43

winkwink

Callistemon Sat 12-Dec-20 20:37:43

I wish I hadn't sent my Rumtopf to the charity shop

GrannyGravy13 Sat 12-Dec-20 21:01:09

Upside down cake or warmed with cream.

I always put a dash of calvados in the gravy when we have roast pork.

Ellianne Sat 12-Dec-20 21:03:02

Yes, GG13, in chicken recipes too.

BlueBelle Sat 12-Dec-20 21:03:47

You’re all so posh I don’t get past cider 😂😂😂

Callistemon Sat 12-Dec-20 22:00:54

I just slosh in red wine, Bluebelle.
I'm a pleb

Although I have cooked pork with cider (semi-posh)

Puzzler61 Sat 12-Dec-20 22:12:56

As someone else said: upside-down pear cake and drizzle the liquor over it.

Maggiemaybe Sat 12-Dec-20 22:34:24

Callistemon

I wish I hadn't sent my Rumtopf to the charity shop

I was just thinking the same, Callistemon!

Though I wouldn’t be putting Calvados in it. Calvados and I have a brief and very painful (for me) history. Suffice it to say the day after the night before came close to the day after I had the smallpox vaccine and seriously thought I was about to die....

Ellianne Sat 12-Dec-20 22:35:13

I'm thinking there has to be a reason why calvados (with apples or pears) comes from the same area as those delicious soft French cheeses, so here's another suggestion ......
Toasted sourdough with a smooth layer of Camembert or Pont-L'Evèque, topped with the pears in calvados.