Pears Belle Helene

Course : Fruits
Serves: 4
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1 quart water
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 piece vanilla bean split
4 medium pears -- peeled
4 ounces dark sweet chocolate
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 quart french vanilla ice cream

Preparation / Directions:

Combine water,sugar and vanilla bean in large sauce pan and bring to boil. Add pears, reduce heat and cook gently until tender (30 minutes). Refrigerate pears and syrup for 24 hours. Remove vanilla bean from syrup. Melt chocolate in heavy pan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth and glossy. Scrape vanilla bean pulp into chocolate. Add cream and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. To serve, place scoop of ice cream in bowl. Place pear alongside ice cream and spoon chocolate sauce over top.


Nutritional Information:

560 Calories (kcal); 18g Total Fat; (29% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 97g Carbohydrate; 33mg Cholesterol; 260mg Sodium

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