Under The Covers’ Recipe of the Day – Spiced Pan-Roasted Apples and Pears

This is today’s recipe of the day for Sunday 6th January 2019

Spiced Pan-Roasted Apples and Pears

Serves 4, Prep 5mins, Cook Approx. 10mins

2 x Firm Apples (Braeburns)
2 x Firm Pears (Conference)
75g x Caster Sugar
2 x Cinnamon Sticks
1 tsp x Cloves
3 x Star Anise
1 tsp x Black Peppercorns (lightly crushed)
25g x Slightly Salted Butter
A Splash of Calvados
100ml x Apple Juice
Crème Fraiche, to serve (optional)

Core the apples and pears using an apple corer, then peel off the skins. Cut the apples into quarters and halve the pears. Scatter the sugar over the base of a wide, heavy-based non-stick frying pan and place over a high heat until it melts and begins to caramelise at the edges. Add the spices, followed by the butter. Tip the pan from side to side to mix the caramel and butter together. Take care as the mixture may spit and splutter. Add the apples and pears to the pan, put side down. Cook for 5-7 minutes until evenly caramelised, turning them several times. Carefully add a splash of Calvados, standing well back as the alcohol may flambé. Pour in the apple juice and let bubble until the liquid has reduced and thickened to a syrupy sauce. Take off the heat and leave to cool slightly. Divide the fruit among warm plates and spoon over the caramel sauce. Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche, if you like.