Easy, sophisticated and superdelish!
According to The Nibble:
“The dessert owes its origin to the opera La belle Hélène by composer Jacques Offenbach. It’s a comedic take on the elopement of Queen Helen, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, with Prince Paris of Troy. This act of l’amour started the Trojan War, as the Greeks sailed to Troy to retrieve their queen. The opera debuted on December 17, 1864, was a big success, and the dessert was developed by Auguste Escoffier as a tribute.
The dessert is composed of pears poached in sugar syrup, topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and crystallized violets (today sliced almonds are more commonly used).”
Don’t be scared…it’s easy!
From The Nibble
Bartlett or Bosc pears
vanilla bean or vanilla extract
cinnamon stick, optional
vanilla ice cream (non-dairy)
candied violets or almonds
mint leaves for garnish
Get the directions at Pears Hélène
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Even simpler, fewer ingredients… Pears Hélène from Attila Hildmann (translated from German)