I have a confession to make. I don’t really like French fries. They’re just too salty and greasy for me. But I absolutely love fried pears! Frying fruit is nothing new—we’ve been doing it for ages, especially here in the United States where apple fritters are common fare during breakfast or brunch—but frying pears in puff pastry instead of batter seems like a recent culinary invention (which it isn’t). The first time I tried this was at Anton’s Kitchen in Amsterdam and now every time we go back to visit friends there, we eat them again. They’re a perfect treat when you’re strolling around Amsterdam’s historic canals on a sunny day enjoying the sights and sounds of Europe‘s most popular city!
Fries and pears? Yes, please!
You may be wondering why I’ve chosen to write about fried pears. But have you ever tried them? They’re a Dutch treat, and they’re so delicious! Fried pears are sweet, savory and easy to make at home. They make an excellent snack on the go or dessert after dinner (or both).
The best part is that they can be served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream–or even both!
In Amsterdam, people eat a lot of fried stuff.
In Amsterdam, people eat a lot of fried stuff. The Dutch are known for their love of pancakes and french fries, but they also enjoy fried fish and pickled herring (which is actually raw). Fried food is often served with mayonnaise, curry sauce or mustard.
Dutch people love to experiment with their favorite dishes and come up with new twists on them. In fact, if you ask a Dutch person what his or her favorite dish is he/she will probably say: “I don’t know yet.” That’s because there’s always something new around the corner!
One of the best things we ate in Amsterdam was fried pears.
One of the best things we ate in Amsterdam was fried pears. These delicious treats are also called ‘pears in the basket.’ They’re made with puff pastry and served with cinnamon sugar on top. The Dutch treat comes from a long tradition of deep-frying fruit, which dates back to medieval times when people would fry apples or pears to use as an ingredient for pies.
The name “fried pears” actually comes from the shape of these pieces of pastry; they look like little baskets!
It’s not unlike French fried apples except that instead of frying slices in batter, you fry whole peeled pears in puff pastry.
The Dutch have a thing for frying things in puff pastry. It’s not unlike French fried apples except that instead of frying slices in batter, you fry whole peeled pears in puff pastry. If you want to try this yourself, I recommend using a large pot and plenty of oil so that your pears don’t stick together while they’re cooking!
You can also try French-frying other fruits like apples or bananas if you want something more traditional–or just go crazy with whatever sounds good!
We ate this amazing treat while strolling around the city with friends.
We ate this amazing treat while strolling around the city with friends. We ate it while drinking beer and watching the world go by. We ate it while sitting on a bench, sharing stories and laughing at the crazy people walking by us.
When you make this recipe, you can eat it any way you like: in bed or on your couch at home; in your bathrobe or naked (if that’s your thing); alone or with a bunch of friends–it doesn’t matter! The only important thing is that you enjoy yourself!
We really enjoyed this treat.