In years past, we've celebrated Christmas with a Dickens (English) dinner, East Indian Cooking, and Italian recipes (to name a few). The theme for our dinner this year was French Canadian with a medieval twist.
Traditionally, I have always liked to set a festive family tone for this special day with
Christmas breakfast this year included Stuffed Pears en Croute (crust), a fruit and preparation found in medieval recipe books and still popular today.
Enjoy the season!
Pears for the First Day of Christmas
Appropriately, the Twelve Days of Christmas carol, first stanza, features a partridge in a pear tree:
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree...
If you really care to research this carol online, you'll find many versions detailing the origins of this carol as well as denials and lyric rewritings. For me, the Catholic interpretation, as explained here, is golden. According to this source, the partridge in a pear tree symbolically represents "Jesus Christ, Son of God." So... when you select from traditional dishes, like this one, you are once again reminded of the reason for the season.
I combined two very different recipes (bottom of page), improvising where needed:
~stuffing the pears-
I added brie cheese to the blue cheese
~Pillsbury has a good pre-made french bread dough
~use of both the sweet reduction mix & straight honey
~no parchment paper= spray baking sheet with oil and coat with flour (in this case, you won't be able to make the "honey bites" from recipe one).
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