In the UK, we get pears in season for a good portion of the year – but winter is when it really kicks off, with varieties ranging beyond the faithful Conference. There are around 550 types in Britain, and a lot of them sound like something you’d expect to find in Care of Magical Creatures class, but the shelves are dominated by just four. As imported varieties typically test highly for pesticides, it’s worth making the most of the UK’s pear seasons while it’s here. So what do we make with them? It could be classically sweet, like this pear, quince and almond crumble, or gluten-free pear and almond cake. Or perhaps you’d prefer something savoury: pear tart with blue cheese and pancetta, cranberry & blue cheese tart with pear salad or warm Roquefort cheesecake with pears in balsamic vinaigrette. Better get going, though, as the variety of pears available in the UK decreases once we hit March.
For this round-up’s recipe, we’re embracing the festive season, with Viennese mince pies.
Recipe yields around 20 mince pies.