What do you do after picking boxes and boxes of pears? Make Spiced Pear and Ginger Rice Pudding of course! If I was ever sorry summer was ending, I'm over it now. Autumn, with your pears and spices and warm fruity desserts, you are welcome at my house. Even my summer loving kids had such a fun time picking pears one evening last week and are ready to fully embrace the new season.
Picking pears with my kids was a revelation. The commonly cited parenting maxim says that the days are long, but the years are short. This often serves as a reminder to parents that these days, perhaps frustrating and long and exhausting days, with young children will pass all too quickly. The years are short, it's true. Sometimes, however, the long days are the best part.
Sometimes it's not a long day of mediating sibling squabbles, finding mismatched socks, and cajoling kids into eating one more bite pretty please. Every now and then, the hours stretch into a day of sunshine, and laughter, and tree swings. And you still fall into bed at night exhausted, but as your head hits the pillow, your first prayer is of thanks.
Yes the years are short, so very short. But thank goodness for all the long days.
This Spiced Pear and Ginger Rice Pudding comes from a day that stretched into a perfect Autumn evening. It comes from a golden September sun that turned every pear we picked into a treasure. It comes from tired arms, the hum of bees and lawnmowers, and the cool green grass we rested in. This pudding is filled with all the joy of tree swings, and hammocks, and sweet juicy pears eaten beneath the branches that orchestrated it all.
This is no ordinary rice pudding and it wouldn't be right for me not to tell you about the spiced pears and the creamy rice and all the happiness.
It was a perfect day. It is also a perfect pudding. For one thing, it's Autumn in a bowl: golden and spiced, sauced with warm, maple pears. If you can get your hands on some pears, this is just the thing for September.
For the Sauteed Pear Sauce
This recipe was in part, inspired by Katie's Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini, which is another delicious way to eat your pears. I also have my eye on Aimee's Extra Crispy Pear Lavender Crisp.