Hollow out the pears and be amazed by the results!

It's hard to think of anything nicer than sitting outside on a warm spring day with a delicious slice of apple pie. However, we've tried our best to come up with some strong competition for the all-American classic dessert. Maybe you'll take a particular liking to one of these three tasty treats...

1. Chocolate-filled Pears

You'll need:

  • 2 pears
  • 4 Lindor truffles
  • puff pastry
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • egg yolk

Here's how:

1. Cut the pears in half and remove the core using a teaspoon. Place the Lindor truffles inside the hollowed out pears.

2. Next, place the pear halves on top of the puff pastry with the side that's cut facing downward. Cut the puff pastry around the pears. Make sure there's a border around them that's about as thick as your thumb. If you want to get creative, you can cut a stalk and leaves into the pastry. 

3. Make several cuts into the pears and spread lemon juice on them. Spread egg onto the pastry border.

4. Bake the filled pears at 360°F for 20 minutes in a convection oven.

2. Caramel Apples

You'll need:

  • 2 apples
  • 4 caramel candies
  • puff pastry
  • 6¾ fl oz water
  • 8¾ oz sugar
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 oz icing sugar
  • 1 pretzel stick

Here's how:

1. Cut the apples in half, remove their cores using a teaspoon and make several cuts into the skin.

2. Boil the water with the sugar and lemon juice in a pan. Cook both sides of the apple halves until they are soft.

3. Fill the hollowed out apples with caramel candies and place the drained apple halves on the puff pastry. Cut the puff pastry around the apples, leaving a border that's about as thick as your thumb. Again, you can show off your creative skills by cutting a stalk and leaves into the pastry.

4. Spread a smooth mix of egg and icing sugar onto the apples and the pastry border. Press a pretzel stick into the dough for the "stalk."

5. Bake everything in a convection oven set to 360°F for 20 minutes.

3. Cheesecake in an Apple

You'll need:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 oz melted butter
  • ⅔ oz brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the filling:

  • 7 oz cream cheese
  • 1⅔ fl oz milk
  • 1 oz icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavoring

You'll also need:

  • broken up butter cookies

Here's how:

1. Cut off the tops of the apples and hollow them out using a spoon. Spread a mixture of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon on the inside.

2. For the filling, mix the ingredients, spoon the mixture into the hollowed out apples, and sprinkle the broken up cookies on top.

3. Bake the cheesecake-filled apples at 320°F in a convection oven for 15 minutes.

It's best to enjoy these wonderfully fruity treats while they're still warm. A dollop of cream also won't do you any harm. ;-)


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