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Flambéed Pear Purses with Caramel Sauce and Ganâche – Guest Post by Five Euro Food

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While I’m visiting my family in Japan, I have asked several blogger friends to blog-sit for me and today’s sitter is Charles from Five Euro Food

It’s been a truly wonderful experience for me to learn new dishes and recipes from Charles.  Originally from the UK but now living in France, Charles exposed and introduced many European dishes to me that I never knew about.  It’s very exciting for me to follow his blog because I have never been to Europe and it’s always been a dream of mine.  He is a nice supportive gentleman who answers to each everyone’s questions with sincere care.  His blog is like a cozy private cooking lesson and he creates a very warm atmosphere on his blog.

Charles not only makes very budget-friendly recipes that all of us can appreciate, but his recipes are very easy to follow with step-by -step pictures and clear instructions.  Check out his Swedish Waffles and Gluten-Free Crisp Bread for example.  He pays close detail attentions to his creations which is why his recipes are all very clear and well written.  If you are a visual learner, you will love his video recipes with cool British accent. 

Now please welcome Charles with this easy and delicious French inspired dessert.


Charles @ FiveEuroFoodI’m a 29-year-old English guy, living and working in France for the past 7 years. I’ve always loved being in the kitchen – ever since making my first macaroni cheese for my family when I was about 7. I’m very honoured to be here  guest-posting for Nami today while she’s taking a well-needed vacation – I’ve been reading her site for many months now and really love the food she makes – such beautiful food and photography is always a pleasure to see. When she asked if I wanted to guest post for her I was very touched, but I just hope my dish can be as interesting, and appetizing as the wonderful things Nami normally posts herself.

I notice that it’s not so often that she posts desserts, and as I am English, I live in France, and my wife is Swedish, I had three different countries to draw inspiration from. I finally settled on something which I feel is wonderful in that it’s fast and easy to prepare, can be customized in any one of a hundred different ways and looks very impressive, plus everything sounds more fancy in French, right?!
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The dish is also cheap to prepare, which fits in nicely in the theme of my site, FiveEuroFood.com. I knew I wanted to start blogging about my kitchen adventures – I also knew I wanted to have a creative outlet and a way of slowly improving my food photography. I figured making dishes to serve two or more people, for less than the cost of one burger meal in a fast-food joint was a worthy goal and so my site started from there.

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Flambéed Pear Purses with Caramel Sauce and Ganâche
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Serves: 2
For the “Purses”
  • 2 large, ripe pears
  • 3 sheets or filo pastry
  • 20g Caster Sugar
  • 20g Butter + 30g Butter for brushing
  • 3 Tbsp. Brandy
For the Caramel Sauce
  • 180g of Caster Sugar
  • 100ml Heavy Cream
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter
For the ganâche
  • 50g Dark Chocolate
  • 50ml Heavy Cream
  1. Start by peeling, coring and finely chopping the pears.
  2. Next, melt the 20g of butter in a large frying pan and add in the chopped pears and 20g of Caster Sugar. Cook through for a couple of minutes until the pear juice starts to form a nice syrup with the sugar. At this point, pour in the brandy and allow to sizzle vigorously for a couple of seconds before setting it alight with a lighter or match. Allow to burn out, shaking the pan every few seconds.
  3. Melt the remaining 30g of butter for the purses either in a pan or placing in the microwave on high power for a few seconds. Cut the filo pastry sheets in half width-ways, so you get 6 pieces. Layer them on top of each other, brushing the top of each bottom sheet with butter before placing a new sheet on top. Once all three sheets are in place, brush the top again with butter.
  4. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius and meanwhile place half of the cooked pear mixture into the centre of the pastry sheets. Bring the corners together and press gently at the top to form a small pouch or bag shape. Brush liberally again with butter and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat the process again for the second purse and then place into the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until a rich golden brown.
  5. While the purses are baking place the sugar for the caramel sauce into a pan and melt over a medium heat, stirring all the time. When the sugar has completely melted down to a rich, brown sauce add in the cream. At this point the sauce will froth up a lot so watch out and stir well. When the bubbling has subsided add in the butter and stir until melted. Set aside and allow to cool.
  6. Next, melt the the chocolate in another pan over a medium heat, stirring all the time until completely melted. When ready, pour in the cream and stir well to blend. Place the purses onto serving dishes and serve the sauces with them. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar if desired.


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  • Charles April 5, 2012, 12:09 am

    Thanks so much for having me Nami! It was a pleasure to guest-post here for you today – I hope you have a wonderful vacation :)

    • Nami April 5, 2012, 12:20 am

      Thank you Charles! I’m really happy and honored to have your recipe on my blog! :-)

  • Sam Bear April 5, 2012, 1:18 am

    Looks so yummy! I’m going to bookmark this for the holidays!

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 1:23 am

      Thanks Sam Bear – hope you enjoy it! The caramel sauce especially is soooo good :)

  • Alessandra April 5, 2012, 3:10 am

    Yummy as! Are you in Japan now? Have a great time Nami, and Happy Easter!


  • Nash at Plateful April 5, 2012, 3:18 am

    Such a fab treat! Thanks Nami for introducing us to Charles and Five Euro Food!

  • Nash at Plateful April 5, 2012, 3:19 am

    And oh enjoy your vacation!

  • Loveforfood April 5, 2012, 3:29 am

    I love a delish & healthy recipe! And as always, your photo is amazing!

  • Medeja April 5, 2012, 3:49 am

    Oh, it really looks French style elegant dessert! Very nice!

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 12:47 pm

      Hope you have a chance to try it Medeja – it’s really delicious and so easy too!

  • Ramona April 5, 2012, 3:52 am

    Charles.. really beautiful dessert!! Thanks for the great guest post Nami!!

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 12:49 pm

      Thanks Ramona for your kind comment – do let me know if you’re able to give it a try :)

  • Jenny April 5, 2012, 3:55 am

    Lovely recipe! It looks a real treat. Great to find Charles’s blog too – thanks for the intro!

  • Vicki Bensinger April 5, 2012, 4:26 am

    Charles I’ve never been over to your blog but will definitely stop by for a visit. Your pear purses are beautiful and make my mouth water just reading the ingredients.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 12:51 pm

      Thanks Vicki – Always nice to meet new people – I hope you enjoy taking a looking around, and do let me know if you give these purses a try :)

  • Sandra April 5, 2012, 4:36 am

    It’s a pleasure to meet you Charles. Your dessert is gorgeous thank you so much for sharing it with us. Nami, you’ve left your blog in very capable hands.

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 12:55 pm

      Nice to meet you too Sandra – thanks so much for your kind comments :)

  • Joanne April 5, 2012, 4:37 am

    These purses are seriously gorgeous! THe presentation is to-die for and the flavors are spot on awesome.

  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok April 5, 2012, 4:39 am

    This sounds delicious and presents well too, great for a dinner party, thanks.

  • Belinda @zomppa April 5, 2012, 4:40 am

    How do I say…yes, I want this? Stunning and would certainly impress anyone!

  • fati's recipes April 5, 2012, 5:09 am

    Oh this looks so delicious! Now it all makes sense! :D

  • Debra Kapellakis April 5, 2012, 5:24 am

    mmmmm…I have only recently joined Just One Cookbook and enjoy it and wait for it. :D
    After reading and trying to save your recipe I have also joined you. I live in Greece and have four hungry people plus myself to cook for. I am very excited to be able to make 5 Euro meals.

  • Hotly Spiced April 5, 2012, 6:18 am

    What a great recipe. Chocolate and pears are always a winning combination. And what a pretty looking dessert. And Charles, in your photo you look very ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’! xx

  • chinmayie @ love food eat April 5, 2012, 6:37 am

    It’s so simple but looks really beautiful! Great recipe idea…

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen April 5, 2012, 6:43 am

    Oh these pear purses are adorable & look just divine! I can just imagine the caramel sauce dripping on it. What a great Guest Post! Thanks for featuring this, Nami!

  • mjskit April 5, 2012, 7:19 am

    Oh Charles! What a awesome dessert!!! Caramel AND chocolate?!?!! I can just see breaking into that pastry and having the pears roll around in the sauces. YUM! Love it! Great picture of you BTW! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Nami – I agree with everything that you said about Charles and his website! I love visiting Five Euro Food and Charles! Great post you two!

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 1:02 pm

      Thanks MJ – I think this would even work without the chocolate, but you can never have too much chocolate, right? :D

  • Divya Yadava April 5, 2012, 7:35 am

    Such a scrumptious dessert idea! Thank you dear Nami for introducing us to Charles + his website. Off to explore his site now..

    P.S. Hope you’re having a great vacation :).

  • Asmita April 5, 2012, 7:50 am

    Hi Nami,
    I am so happy to see Charles do a guest post here. I have recently discovered his blog and love his recipes. This looks like an awesome dessert! I have not yet worked with phyllo dough because I have heard one has to be really quick and skillful while doing so or else it can tear or dry up easily. But he really has inspired me with this post to give it a shot.
    Hope you are having a relaxed and wonderful vacation with your family. Enjoy!

  • nipponnin April 5, 2012, 7:51 am

    Nice! I have everything except pears and….oh, kitchen (under construction) to make this dish. I like your presentation too.

  • Eva Kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com April 5, 2012, 8:29 am

    Congrats on your guest post, Charles! And hi to Nami, nice to meet you. Hope you have a great vacation.
    I love this recipe because I am instantly inspired to make a savoury version of it with the pears but I want to add brie and drizzle with honey. MMMMMMMM! thank you for the inspiration, yet again!

    PS. I love the easy math question instead of the usually undecipherable cat scratch letters that people put on. Thanks! :)

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 1:06 pm

      Thanks Eva – love the idea of brie and honey – maybe some walnuts too?

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 5, 2012, 8:32 am

    I read Flambéed Pear Purses and headed right over – these are so fun! Anything with pears and caramel is my kind of thing.

  • Reem | Simply Reem April 5, 2012, 9:07 am

    Yummy recipe….
    These purses really look gorgeous!!!
    Thanks for introducing us to Charles, nice meeting you Charles.

    Have a great time in Japan Nami.

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 1:07 pm

      Nice meeting you too Reem – glad you enjoyed the post today :)

  • Food Jaunts April 5, 2012, 9:50 am

    Oh yum! I love the pear purses plus the caramel is gorgeous

  • Sammie April 5, 2012, 9:54 am

    wow Nami!! You definitely know how to pick your guest bloggers! This looks absolutely amazing! Top Chef material for sure!! So delicious!

  • Mr. Three-Cookies April 5, 2012, 10:30 am

    This sounds almost like millionaires shortbread with pears and brandy. Awesome combination

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 5, 2012, 10:40 am

    This looks amazing Nami!

  • Sissi April 5, 2012, 11:02 am

    Charles, it looks extraordinary! Beautiful photos, perfect post and a wonderful, elegant recipe! The purse looks so cute, I can imagine the “wow”s of your guests when you bring this dessert.

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much Sissi – It’s so simple but it looks so intricate – it’s all the delicate folds of the pastry I think trick people into thinking it’s something complicated :D

  • Rhonda (@diningalone) April 5, 2012, 11:59 am

    what a great combo of flavors, I would love to try these someday!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce April 5, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Oh, this is a very delicious recipe, and the presentation in the pocket makes it very interesting. Thanks Charles for sharing this to us.
    Nami, I know you are on vacations, but just want to thank you for all your inspiring ideas and how you teach me about your culture. That is why I gave you an award: http://mividaenundulce.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/tengo-un-versatile-blogger-award/

  • Liz April 5, 2012, 1:13 pm

    How excellent to find Charles here, Nami!!! You have the best guest posters :)

    Charles, these pear purses are stunning! Plating is gorgeous, too…like a work of art. Thanks for sharing this recipe…I’d love to give this a shot!

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 1:18 pm

      Thanks so much Liz – compared to how difficult they actually are, they’re so easy – I hope you decide to give them a try some time :)

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles April 5, 2012, 1:16 pm

    Yay, Big Charles fan here!! and this recipe is simply gorgeous in all languages :) (my personal preference is French but the term “pear purses” is pretty cute too). The combination of pear, chocolate and cream sounds positively heavenly Charles…but, wait, I haven’t even gotten to the caramel yet… What a fabulous dessert and well-timed with the holiday weekend. This is a keeper for sure. Thank you Nami for bringing us Charles from your home today!

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 1:28 pm

      Thanks Kelly! :) These make a wonderfully easy dish to serve up to people after a holiday meal – and they’re easy to make too so they won’t take too much time away from spending time with your guests too!

  • A_Boleyn April 5, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Welcome guest-blogger Charles. :) Thank you for sharing another lovely french dessert that would impress any dinner guest or family member. Again, something that seems complicated is transformed into simple clear steps for the novice to manage especially if the sauce and ganache are done ahead of time.

    • Charles April 5, 2012, 1:30 pm

      Thanks A_Boleyn – it’s super easy to put together… I hope you’ll give it a try one time :)

  • Cucina49 April 5, 2012, 3:51 pm

    Charles, that is just stunning! I have tried making phyllo purses in the past, but haven’t had good luck with getting them to stay together. Yours look absolutely delicious.

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 6:54 pm

      Thanks Cucina – the trick is making sure the pastry is sealed as quickly as possible after opening the pack, before it goes dry, and a hefty amount of butter as “glue” :)

  • Rosa April 5, 2012, 4:59 pm

    A lovely guest post and dessert! Thanks for making me discover a new blog.



  • Ellena April 5, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Wow! Such a lovely dessert and wonderful post. I love dessert with apple fillings like this! Super delicious!

  • Laura @ Family Spice April 5, 2012, 5:17 pm

    This looks so heavenly! I have to get outside of my comfort zone and flambé something!

  • Baltic Maid April 5, 2012, 5:28 pm

    I love pears!!! What a beautiful and delicious dessert…

  • Kristy April 5, 2012, 7:29 pm

    Yes, I’ll definitely take a few of these Charles! Just beautiful. I love the presentation too. :)

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 6:55 pm

      Thanks Kristy :) The flambeeing was especially fun :D

  • balvinder ( Neetu) April 5, 2012, 7:35 pm

    Charles, though I can’t have filo pastry but I can enjoy the flambeed pear with caramel sauce and ganache. Wonderful post on Nami’s site.

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 6:56 pm

      Thanks Balvinder – it’s possible to make the parcel with other things – some people use thin pancakes/crepes if that helps!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 5, 2012, 10:54 pm

    A lovely looking recipe and we are coming up to pear season now too!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb April 6, 2012, 5:45 am

    I was just going to go to work out a bit then I come here and I am mesmerized by your dessert. Right now its like a torture becauce I NEED to try your purses with the ganache and caramel sauce. How can I work out now. O.O Thanks for the great share!

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 6:57 pm

      Haha – working out or eating caramel and chocolate? Now that’s a touch decision :D

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie April 6, 2012, 6:27 am

    Hi Nami, I hope you are enjoying your holiday:)

    Hi Charles, Nice to meet you. Your pear purses look to die for. Great recipe.

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 6:58 pm

      Thanks Nancy – nice to meet you too! Hope you have a chance to try this :)

  • yummychunklet April 6, 2012, 7:43 am

    What a fantastic dessert. Love the pear purses!

  • Shu Han April 6, 2012, 8:11 am

    heh like I said on twitter, oooh chef-y! definitely looks restaurant-quality! I love pears in dessert!

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 6:59 pm

      Thanks Shu Han – considering the easiness to put it all together it does end up visually quite impressive :)

  • Shirley April 6, 2012, 9:05 am

    Wow! Charles, this dessert has my twin sister’s name all over it. She loves pear tart, and I think this is a fun and elegant twist on that. Thanks for sharing.

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 7:02 pm

      Thanks so much Shirley. I have another pear tart recipe I make sometimes with crushed walnuts in the shortcrust pastry top – you should try that, it’s delicious – walnuts and pears… yum!

  • Rathai April 6, 2012, 9:11 am

    That looks really delicious and luxurious. Guest-postings are always nice. You get introduced to new talented bloggers and blogs this way. Nice to meet you Charles! :)

    I hope you have a great vacation, Nami!

  • wok with ray April 6, 2012, 10:07 am

    It is nice meeting you, Charles. Thank you for sharing your your delicious dessert. Thank you, Nami for introducing Charles to us and I hope you are having a wonderful time with your family in Japan.

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 7:03 pm

      Thanks Ray – It’s nice to be here – everyone’s so nice :)

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice April 6, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Nice to “meet” you Charles and thanks for sharing this lovely dessert with us. Flambeed pears in a filo pocket eaten with chocolate and caramel sauce sounds wonderful!

    • Charles April 6, 2012, 7:04 pm

      Hi Biren – It took me a moment because I seemed to recognise your name from somewhere, and then I realise the previous guest post was by you! Nice to meet you too :) Thanks for your kind comment!

  • CherylK April 6, 2012, 1:26 pm

    What an elegant dessert. It’s just the perfect recipe to impress my guests without letting them know it was quite easy to put together! Thank you!

  • Tobias @ T and Tea Cake April 6, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Hi Charles! Nice to meet you, mate.
    Really appreciating the concept of your blog (and this lush recipe, of course), it is not like I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. ;)


    • Charles April 6, 2012, 7:07 pm

      Hi Tobias – thanks for your nice comment – oh to be born with a silver spoon in my mouth (lol) :D – Then I could have a blog called Five Thousand Euro Food and make truffle omelettes with gold flakes :D

  • A_Boleyn April 6, 2012, 7:42 pm

    If I tried making even a fraction of the recipes I would love to on the 16 blogs I subscribe to, I’d be cooking day and night. But someday … it’s always a possibility.

    • Charles April 8, 2012, 5:26 pm

      Haha, I *so* know what you mean :D – My mind is awash with wonderful ideas from peoples’ blogs… usually, the best I can do is suddenly, mid-cooking, I’ll suddenly remember that the thing I’m about to make was made in a different way on someone’s blog, so I’ll try and reproduce that as best as I can remember from memory

  • Simply Life April 7, 2012, 5:31 am

    wow! what a beautiful and exquisite dish!

  • Kristen April 7, 2012, 7:13 pm

    I love that those pears are served with a choice of chocolate or caramel! I could enjoy a bite of one alternating with the other until I ended up licking the plate :-). Fabulous!!!

  • FiSh April 8, 2012, 7:16 am

    it’s so seductive! :) how can you be so good in desserts

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  • Jeannie April 8, 2012, 8:08 am

    That is one lovely dessert! Looks so yummy!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet April 8, 2012, 8:39 am

    Hello Nami :) hope you’re having an amazing time in Japan ~ Thanks for introducing us to Charles ~ it’s lovely to see a male blogger because I’ve realised most food bloggers are females!

    Yay! A sweet dessert recipe :D These pear purses looks so delicious ~ Can’t wait to get my hands on some pears and make them!

    • Charles April 8, 2012, 5:28 pm

      Hi Daisy – it’s true… sometimes I feel all alone in the sea of women in the blogosphere, lol :D But we’re out there, in isolated pockets of cyberspace, planning and plotting to take over the internet, one dessert at a time!

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious April 8, 2012, 11:14 am

    I love his blog too – what a great way to get your readers introduced to Charles’ blog! :)

  • beti April 8, 2012, 9:09 pm

    I’ll admit that I’m a fan of filled pastries/cakes/cookies/everything but this is lovely because it’s almost like a surprise, a delicious surprise it looks beautiful!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover April 9, 2012, 12:53 am

    A dessert look exactly like those served in fine dining restaurant!! Thanks for sharing.

  • kyleen April 9, 2012, 7:14 pm

    These little bundles of pears look amazing! But what I’m really in love with is the caramel sauce. Mhmm I can imagine how good it must taste with the pears and the buttery filo pastry…

  • easyfoodsmith April 10, 2012, 4:51 am

    Wow! This looks and sounds incredible!!!! I am sure it must taste divine. Awesome guest post!

  • Jen at The Three Little Piglets April 10, 2012, 10:45 am

    Those are just gorgeous! So nice to see you two working together! Hope you’re having a fabulous trip visiting your family Nami. Safe travels!

  • Ann April 10, 2012, 6:53 pm

    Charles this looks absolutely delicious! How wonderful to see you here at Nami’s blog!

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise April 10, 2012, 9:19 pm

    Hello Nami and Charles,
    It is a pleasure to see two of my favorite bloggers working together
    This is an elegant dessert that I would love to try soon, I don’t seem to use pears enough in baking even though I love them raw

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 11, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Awesome to see you both collaborating on delicious guest post recipe :)

    Nami, enjoy your vacation!

  • Nic@diningwithastud April 11, 2012, 3:27 pm

    The caramel looks like liquid gold :) YUM!!!

  • Kim Bee April 12, 2012, 5:52 pm

    Charles this is amazing. I love that they are called purses. And holy moley you need to teach my hubs how to dress. Very dapper. Off to check out your site.

  • Magic of Spice April 14, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Hi Charles, this looks absolutely devise!
    Wonderful guest post!

  • Martyna @ Wholesome Cook April 17, 2012, 6:40 pm

    I’ve heard so much good stuff about Charles, so thank you Nami for featuring his delicious recipe on your blog. I’m off to check it out!