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                               PEARS DE CACAO
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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   11                    Pear halves -- canned or see
                         -my note following this
    3       tb           Cocoa
      1/4   c            Sugar
      3/4   c            Whipping cream -- whipped
    1       d            Salt
      1/2   t            Vanilla extract
      1/4   t            Mint extract
    1       t            Unflavored gelatin
      1/3   c            Creme de Cacao
   Drain the pears thoroughly on paper toweling. Combine the cocoa and sugar
   in a mixer bowl, then blend into the cream. Add the salt, vanilla and mint
   extracts. Soften the gelatin in 1 tablespoon of cold water, then dissolve
   over hot water. Add the gelatin to the cream mixture and stir until smooth.
   Chill until of spreading consistency. Fill the cavities of the pears and
   spread the cut sides with the chocolate mixture. Place 2 pear halves
   together to form whole pears, then place in a shallow dish, chill for at
   least 1 hour. Arrange each pear in a stemmed compote and spoon the Creme de
   Cacao over the pears. Garnish with Chocolate Leaves and chill until ready
   to serve. Note: These are great for a quick last minute dessert, and if you
   have a bit more time, try using fresh pears which have been peeled and
   poached until tender. For a special treat, inject the pears with some of
   the Creme de Cacao, or Creme de Menthe.
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