Poire Belle Hélène

Poire Belle Hélène
Poire Belle Hélène is a fairly simple cold dessert. The pears are poached in a vanilla-flavoured syrup, then served on top of vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce poured over.
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Last modified on: April 6th 2014

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 30 min.
Poire Belle Hélène
Pour 1 litre Poaching syrup into a large saucepan.

Peel 4 Pears and cut in half lengthways. Take off the stalk then remove the core from each half (a pommes parisiennes spoon is ideal for this).

Stage 2 - 1 hour
Poire Belle Hélène
Leave the pears to cool in the syrup.

This can be done in advance, even several days beforehand.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Poire Belle Hélène
Drain the pears and slice them.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Poire Belle Hélène
Put 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream into each dish.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
Poire Belle Hélène
Arrange a sliced pear on top.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
Poire Belle Hélène
Pour the hot chocolate sauce over and serve immediately.
You can scatter a few toasted flaked almonds over the chocolate if you like, but this is not essential.

Many recipes leave the pears whole with the stalk still on. This is certainly more attractive, but less enjoyable to eat. That is why the pears are sliced in this version.

The recipe was invented by Auguste Escoffier in the nineteenth century in honour of the eponymous musical work by Jacques Offenbach.
Should be eaten immediately.
Based on a recipe by Auguste Escoffier.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
635 Kcal or 2,659 Kj23 gr473 gr49 gr
32 %9 %45 %7 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
30 Kcal or 126 Kj1 gr22 gr2 gr
1 %<1 %2 %<1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
159 Kcal or 666 Kj6 gr118 gr12 gr
8 %2 %11 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 7.46 €
  • Per person : 1.87 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Poaching syrupPoaching syrup: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Peach and green tea tart, How to poach peaches, Coupe Augustin, Tarte Bourdaloue, Citrus tart, ... All
Vanilla ice creamVanilla ice cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Baked Alaska, Ice-cream Vacherin, Profiteroles, Peach Melba, Little caramelized peach tarts, ... All
Chocolate sauceChocolate sauce: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Like Bounty, Profiteroles, ... All
PearsPears: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Creamy plum and pear clafoutis, Fresh fruit in sabayon, Fruit salad, Pear and lime meringue pie, Pear and chocolate tart with a hint of mint, ... All
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