Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Classy Poached Pear in Spicy Mango Nectar with Mango Ice Cream

The sweet memories of the most awaited mango festival of summers at the famous Yadavindra Gardens at Pinjore makes me nostalgic. The mango gardens are the best feast for the eyes, with some cute little mangoes and  some big ripe mangoes hanging on the trees. The origin of the mangoes can be traced back to the foothills of himalayas of India and Burma. But now a days more than 1000 varieties of the exotic mangoes can be found around the world. Both the leaves and fruits are considered auspicious  and especially used for any rituals and festivals in India. 

Everyone in my family simply loves mangoes. I remember we had a big mango tree back home and my mom used to pick fresh mangoes in the morning and make countless recipes with this tender fruits right from spicy pickle to a rich smoothie. Last week my husband suggested we try some thing different & do some poached pears in mango syrup. After some extensive brainstorming we arrived at a recipe for poached pears in spicy mango nectar and home made Mango Ice Cream. This is by far the most adventurous we've gotten with our mangoes. I'm missing the fragrant Dussehri and Alphonso mangoes from back home. Anyways, the outcome from the mangoes from nearby supermarket was great.

For the Poached Pears I was inspired by lovely Aldy from Al dente Gourmet , if you have not visited her space, you must do - she has some great recipes & beautiful presentations !!!

King of the Fruits - Mango is looking Magnificent ... !

In this post I've made an appetizing ice cream with fresh mango pulp. The light and creamy ice cream made with the 'King of fruits' - mangoes is pretty easy to make. The pears are poached in a spicy mango and saffron nectar, giving it an elegant amber hue. Later I added more fruits (strawberries, kiwi and melon) to consume the rest of the syrup. Here are the details of the classy dessert...!

Ingredients For Poached Pears in Mango Nectar:
Pears: 2
Sugar Syrup: 1/2 cup
Mango pulp : 1/2 cup
Fruit Juice: 2 tsp (I used mango juice and pineapple juice)
Saffron: a pinch
Orange Rind: 1 tsp
Lemon Juice: 1 tsp
Cinnamon: a pinch
Mint or Basil Leaf: 1-2 (I used my garden fresh mint)

How to Poach the Pears on Spicy Mango Nectar:
Peel the pears and slice a bit of the bottom of the pear, so to let it stand upright. 
Leave the stem intact to insert a mint sprig later, Gently dab some lemon juice over the pear and keep it aside.
In a medium pot make sugar syrup by adding half cup of sugar to one cup of water over medium heat. Let it thicken for a while.
Add mango pulp, fruit juice, orange rind with a dash of cinnamon to the sugar syrup. 
The mango glaze is ready.
Submerge the peeled pears into the syrup and let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes on low heat, till the pears are tender and get the amber hue from the mango syrup. 
The pears should be completely immersed in the syrup. 
Let the pears cool down.
Take out the pears on a plate and garnish with either basil or mint leaf. 
I did it with mint from my pot. Drizzle some syrup over the top of the pear.

Our Poached pear shot from the top looks "Majestic"

 Enjoy the perfect pears poached in mango nectar - warm or chilled, as you like.

    The Slices of the Mango are so addictive.... ! 

Ingredients for Mango Ice cream:
Fresh Mango: 1 or Mango puree: 1/2 cup (canned)
Yogurt: 2 cups or Whipping Cream: 1 cup
Honey : 5-6 tsp or Sugar: 1/2 cup (add more/less to taste)
Cardamom Powder: 1/4 tsp
Pistachios: few, optional for garnishing
Sprigs of Mint: 2

Slice the mango length wise and scoop out the pulp from the mango.  
Gently mash the pulp with the back of the spoon and strain the pulp through a fine sieve to remove any thready fibre from the mango.
Add yogurt, honey or sugar, freshly crushed cardamoms and mango pulp in a bowl and refrigerate for half an hour.
Put all these ingredients together in  the ice cream maker and churn for 20 minutes according to the instructions. 
Take it out in an air tight container and let it firm up in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and enjoy... ! 

Mango Ice cream with fresh sprigs of Mint

Pears and Mangoes are ready to set the mood.... !

The flavor of aromatic pear complements the taste of home made mango ice cream beautifully.

A delectable dessert just for my READERS.... Hope you like it  !!!

Sharing this dessert with Culinary Smackdown Battle , Simple Lives Thursday, 40th EditionLets do brunch; Hearth and Soul Hop


  1. Drooling over your pics...awesome dear...

  2. Mango has become one of my favorite fruits thanks to my good Indian friend's mango lassi he used to make for me. I would love to try my hand in making icecream but I really do not want to add one more gadget to the kitchen! I guess I will just keep looking at your pictures :)

  3. Oh. My. Lord. This is the best dessert I think I've seen yet in the blogosphere. Top 9, I wonder? I should hope so! Mango is absolutely my favorite fruit and I volunteer at a farm where I'm allowed to pick a few on the weekends. They're ice cream the next time I get them!

  4. A beautiful and delicious looking dessert perfect for the coming warm days.

  5. Looks delicious and well presented.

  6. I am salivating....Looks so yummy....Beautiful clicks...

  7. Both of dem looks super them...

  8. Both looks simply out of the world, marvellous..

  9. wow...
    looks delicious
    awesome clicks :)

  10. perfect picture.. looks so inviting

    new to ur blog and happy to follow u for more wonderful recipes..

    do visit me when u get time

  11. wish i could prepare this now,..;-(

  12. I am a HUGE mango lover and have fallen absolutely head over heels for this dessert! Gorgeous!

  13. Absolutely mouthwatering!!truly deserves 5 stars!!!
    I am drolling here over the mango ice cream!

  14. I am loving mango right now! It is everywhere and so refreshing. Your dish looks beautiful and I know it taste out of this world delicious!

  15. this is sinfully divine! :) have a major talent in making the pictures come so alive that I can actually taste the icecream and the poached pears. Great work :

  16. I would love to visit a mango garden. It must be so fragrant. Both the poached pears and mango ice cream sounds fantastic! I would like to try the mango ice cream.

  17. omg, mango ice cream!!! a collision of two of my favorite things in the world. what i would give for a mango tree in my backyard. btw, that top down shot of the pear is just gorgeous. thx for sharing!

  18. I love poached pears and your's look so lovely! I really enjoy reading your wonderful blog and gave you a couple awards :)

  19. Thanks Everyone.... !!!
    I simply LOVE every word from your side...Cheers, MCF.

  20. Wow this dessert is incredibly beautiful, and I especially love the gorgeous color of those poached pears! I have never seen anything like that before, and I can only imagine the delicious flavors. Lovely photos too, I esp like the first one! :)

  21. U hv a wonderful space dear..visit mine as time permits..dessert looks super yummy n tempting...drooling..following uuuuuuuuu.


  22. Such fantastic photos! I love this. :)

  23. Oooh, Sonia! This is simply superb. I'm a big fan of mango. So I bet this taste absolutely delightful! I want some :) Loving the flavor combination for this wonderful dessert. Bravo!

    And I'm glad I could inspire you in SOME way!



  24. Lovely! Poached pear is so delicious! I've made a tart with poached pears and almond frangipane!

  25. Thank You so much for appreciating the Pears and Mangoes. You guys are rocking, regards, MCF !

  26. Classy & a yummy gourmet recipe!!!! I have just got to try this one out...Fab presentation too Sonia :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  27. Yum.. Poached pears and mango ice cream sounds heavenly, Sonia..I bet it is refreshingly good..I'm loving this recipe :) Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend..Take care!

  28. What a recipe no words sonia! every one say about this post:)

  29. What an unusual combination of mangoes and pears. How lucky you are to have had a mango tree in your backyard- am sure you made countless yummy treats from that!

  30. Excellent photographs!! all of the. we love poached pear in our family, but I usually poach them in wine, or mulled syrup...very different kind of combo. and mango ice cream is to die for.

  31. Wow so yummy and tempting sweet spread..

  32. Oh my gosh, such lovely shots of your delectable dessert! Your mango ice cream looks so luscious it's ridiculous. And that spiced saffron pear seems like the perfect accompaniment. Love this recipe!

  33. Thank You guys for the lovely words... !!!

  34. So delicious & refreshing recipe!!!
    Combination of mangoes and pears is indeed amazing.liked this desert too much.

  35. This is absolutely delicious .Your pictures are tempting me and I am drooling here

  36. Loved this dessert and also the presentation...awesome !
    Please collect FOOD MAZAA AWARD from my is for all my blogger friends.

  37. Ohh mangoes!!!Thank you so much for the awesome mango ice-cream recipe Sonia!I have been gorging on that stuff ever since I was a kid but never managed to have a hang of how it can be churned out at home!Will sure try that now:)Very elegant clicks too!


  38. Despite your concern about the lighting I think the photos, colors, and flavors are all gorgeous here. Now my only question is when I can taste them ;p.

  39. These look great sonia.Very unique recipe.Thank you for sending in to the contest.

  40. Hi Sonia! Congrats on your Top 9! Your pictures are always amazing - just very different and I absolutely love your work. I can't wait to see your next post. :-)

  41. What beautiful pictures, and what a delicious recipe! I love mangoes and I love pears so it's perfect for me! Thank you so much for sharing this with Let's Do Brunch - hope that you will come along and link up again this week.

  42. Oh yum! My favorite fruits, poach and mangoes :)

  43. Combining mango with pears is really a bold experiment in the realm of dessert.Oh what a fantastic photography.

  44. Wow, what a nice combination pear and the colors, so vivid and perfect for Spring. Hope you have a great week ahead :-)

  45. Utterly gorgeous - can't wait for the mangoes to appear here.

  46. Mangos? I have a mango tree... hurray! I'm always trying to find new mango recipes. Lovely photos... looks like a stunning dessert!

  47. I don't know you, but this totally makes me want to invite myself over for dessert. haha.

  48. Thanks Everyone, all are most welcome to my place...regds, MCF !!!

  49. The photography on your blog is gorgeous.. totally breathtaking.. I'm horrid in the kitchen.. and cant even dream of making anything as close to what you've posted.. I can only dream! *sigh*


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