After the last two recipes, I knew it was about time to publish my first dessert recipe. I am so proud and excited for this one, because it’s my very own and it came out better than expected. It’s fresh, it smells like summer and it goes perfectly with a cup of espresso. Enjoy!
Pear and Almond Croissants
Ingredients (for 8-10):
- 3-4 small pears
- 1 Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup finely chopped almonds
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup butter
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- honey drizzle
The hardest part for me was definitely making my first pear preserve. But it was so easy too. Cut the pears in small cubes and place them in the a large pot. Add 1 cup of water and turn on the heat to medium-high. Add sugar and lemon juice, and cover with lid. In 10-15 min turn down the heat to medium and start stirring the soft pears.
In another 20 minutes, the pears should start getting softer and sugar should start turning into caramel. That’s the time to add another cup of water so the pears can cook longer. The pear preserve will be ready in another 10 minutes of stirring.
When its done, put the pear preserve in a big jar and refrigerate for an hour.
I would totally advice you to make your own croissant dough, because its easy, there are plenty of ideas “how” online and it’s gonna taste amazing. I didn’t have enough time when I was making all of the last three recipes, so I decided to buy those premade “crescent rolls”. The croissant dough should have a triangle form. You take it, put it over some flour (so it won’t stick while rolling), put 1 spoon of your ready pear preserve, make a little cut with a knife on top of the dough, and start rolling the split ends together while trying to keep the pears inside.
When you are done with all of them,place them on a baking sheet and heat the oven to 350°F. Croissants are tasty when they are slightly crispy and buttery on top. So next step is mixing the eggs and the melted butter together until you get a smooth texture. Using a pastry brush, apply it on top of the croissants, sprinkle with almonds and let them bake for 10-15 minutes.
You are going to know by the smell when they are ready. Place on a small plate, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with the rest of the almonds.
Don’t forget to brew a fresh cup of coffee and to share with your family!