A delicious yet simple dessert, this is ready in just 25 minutes. Flaming the brandy burns off the alcohol, leaving a wonderful flavour which perfectly complements the oranges and pears. Even after cooking, Asian pears retain their crunchy texture, making a pleasant change from the more common dessert pears.
Use sliced dessert pears instead of Asian pears. They will need only about 2 minutes cooking on each side to make them tender. * Use Poire William liqueur or Cointreau instead of brandy. * Replace the pears with apples, cut in rings. Cox's are particularly good prepared this way. Flambé with Calvados and sprinkle with chopped toasted hazelnuts.
Oranges are justly famous for their vitamin C content (54 mg per 100 g/3½ oz). This is one of the ‘water-soluble’ vitamins, which cannot be stored by the body, so it is essential that fruit and vegetables containing vitamin C are eaten every day. As scientists have increasingly recognised, this vitamin helps to prevent a number of degenerative diseases such as heart disease and cancer, through its powerful antioxidant activity.
Good source of vitamin C. Useful source of folate, vitamin E.