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March 15th is National Pears Helene Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready for a sweet one because it's National Pears Helene Day!  This French dessert isn't difficult to make and it goes down nice and smooth.  Let's get right into celebrating National Pears Helene Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

It's a food holiday so you have to assume that a lot of people enjoy this dessert to want to celebrate it. I hadn't heard of or tasted it before today but it's not too shabby at all.  It was created in 1864 by Auguste Escoffier, who named it after the operetta "The Beautiful Helen". Perhaps Helen had a pear-shaped body?

To make this you'll want to peel, core and then poach some pear halves. Just simmer them in some sugar water, add in some vanilla extract and then cool them down. Then you'll want to get out a plate or bowl and put a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream on your dish.  Drain the syrup from the pears and then you can either place a half of a pear or two halves on top of the ice cream. What some people do is stand two pear halves up in the center of their vanilla ice cream. This will only be possible if your pears are completely cooled down and your ice cream is fresh other of the freezer. Otherwise they'll topple over as the ice cream melts.  Then you cover your pear in hot fudge and sprinkle some crystallized violet petals around the base to make things look nice and give it a little crunch. Yes, these are actual violet petals that are candied; all you'll taste is sugar. And now you're ready to dig in!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you can find a restaurant that serves this dessert then you're in luck! Let the professionals whip this up for you and I'm sure you'll be impressed. The best way to celebrate is when you can kick your feet up, relax and have a stress-free day, right?

But if you can't find a place to order this dessert then don't worry, it's pretty simple to make. Just pick up a couple pears, some vanilla extract, a bit of vanilla ice cream, some hot fudge and then look around for the candied violet petals. I had to actually order mine online, but if you don't feel like it then you can leave out this one ingredient. The only thing they really add is a little beauty, some extra color, a sugary taste and some crunch.  The last ingredient you need is some sugar, which I'm sure you have at home.  Whip this up and serve it to your friends and family and I'm sure they'll love this holiday! You can even have everyone pitch in and set up their own dish. The you can have a little fun and see who can make their dessert look the most presentable. I know I failed at doing that myself, but it tasted better than it looked!  Have a great day; make your tongue smile!





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