I've been on a quest lately to develop healthy dessert recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth without loading me down with sugars and bad fats. I don't need a big piece of cake or a large bowl of ice cream; instead, I like diminutive nibbles that allow me to enjoy the pleasures of a dessert to close a nice meal on the weekend. I also don't want cookies and brownies hanging around during the week, so my goal in crafting my sweet treats has been to develop easy, healthy, and bite-sized desserts for a nice dinner.
The Seckel pear, a tiny little fruit no bigger than a golf ball, became the perfect canvas for chocolate and nuts for this treat. Although I love my pumpkin and peanut butter fudges (and my chia seed pudding for that matter), I find that some of the best desserts are the ones that highlight the gorgeousness of in-season fruit. You can adapt this recipe to suit your tastes or what you already have on hand, swapping white chocolate for caramel, for example, or pecans for peanuts. Look for pears that still have their top; it makes dipping easier. If they don't have one, stick a toothpick in them.
5 Seckel pears
1/2 cup white chocolate
1/2 cup dark chocolate
1/2 chopped pecans
Melt white chocolate in 20-second increments in microwave until melted (about one minute), making sure to stir the chocolate between heating. Dip pears into white chocolate until completely coated and let dry on wax paper in fridge for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, melt dark chocolate just as you did the white chocolate and pour pecans into a shallow bowl for dipping. When white chocolate has hardened, remove pears from fridge and dip them halfway in dark chocolate and then immediately roll them a fourth of the way in the nuts to coat their bottoms. Return to fridge and let set for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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