Desserts, Vegetarian

Roasted Pears & Shortbread

Cooking method:

Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer AF400
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Total time: 1h 20 mins
  • Skill Easy
  • Serves 6 people

Roasted Pears & Shortbread

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For the shortbread

  • 65g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 30g light brown soft or light muscovado sugar
  • 75g plain flour
  • 15g cornflour
  • Pinch fine sea salt

For the roasted pears

  • 6 (approx. 150g each) conference pears
  • 2 small lemons
  • 1 small orange
  • 80ml honey
  • 15g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • To serve crème fraîche

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  • Step 1

    Cream the butter, sugar and salt together in a bowl for about one minute. Combine the plain flour and cornflour together well before adding to the creamed mixture and mixing to bring together. Chill
    before using

  • Step 2

    Pat the mixture out onto a piece of baking parchment to a rectangle shape 16cm by 12cm. Place on a tray and chill for for 20-30 minutes, or until firm

  • Step 3

    Squeeze one of the lemons into a bowl and add enough cold water to eventually cover the pears. Peel the pears and place into the bowl as you go. With a peeler, peel 3-4 strips on both the remaining lemon and orange. Squeeze both and add the juice to a small saucepan along with the peel, honey, butter and 2 tablespoons of water. Heat to just dissolve the butter

  • Step 4

    When the shortbread dough is firm, prick all over with a fork and cut into 6 rough squares

  • Step 5

    Remove the crisper plates from both drawers. Arrange the pears lying down in the Zone 1 drawer. Pour all the juice and honey mixture over them then insert drawer in unit. Place the 6 shortbread biscuits in Zone 2 drawer, making sure to leave space around them then insert drawer in unit. There is no need to grease the drawer as the buttery biscuits won’t stick!

  • Step 6

    Select Zone 1, turn the dial to select ROAST, set temperature to 190°C and set time to 40 minutes. Select Zone 2, turn the dial to select BAKE, set temperature to 150°C and set time to 35 minutes. Press the dial to begin cooking

  • Step 7

    Carefully give the pears a turn and baste 2 to 3 times whilst they are cooking. Check that they are tender with a knife or you can roast them for longer

  • Step 8

    Remove the shortbread from the drawer with help of a small plastic spatula and place them on a rack to cool. The cooking juices can be reduced in a saucepan to desired consistency if necessary. Serve the pears and shortbread with crème fraîche