This isn’t really a quick recipe to make, but the dried pear slices are a convenient snack! I naturally coloured the pears with superfood powders and a sprinkling of sugar, which gives the pears a beautiful shine. They are really eye-catching and can be used to decorate desserts, such as the Rainbow Pear Chai Cake on page 114. The colour of the pears and superfood colours will change when dehydrated. Some of the colors may intensify or become darker while other colors will mix into nearby colours. The dehydrated pears are sweet and chewy like candy and may have a very subtle taste from the superfood powders.
WHAT YOU NEED
4 medium-size pears (I used green Packham pears.)
8 teaspoons (32 g) light-colored granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pink pitaya or beetroot powder
1 teaspoon blue spirulina or butterfly pea flower powder
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1 teaspoon black goji powder
WHAT TO DO
- Use a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife to cut the pears in ⅛-inch (3 mm) slices, lengthwise.
- Divide the sugar between 4 bowls, placing 2 teaspoons of sugar in each bowl. Add 1 superfood powder to each bowl. Mix the ingredients in each bowl so the sugar is combined with the powder.
- To make a pear slice one colour, sprinkle 1 coloured sugar over the whole slice and rub the sugar into the pear with your fingers, making sure it is covered. For a rainbow effect, sprinkle several colored sugars onto different sections of the pear slice and rub in the sugar. If desired, you can also colour the other side of the pear, although this is not necessary if you’re using the pears to decorate a cake as you will only see one side. Repeat the process for the remaining pear slices and coloured sugar.
- Place all the coloured pears on a lined dehydrator tray or baking tray. The slices can be close to each other, but make sure they don’t overlap.
- Dehydrate the pear slices at 160°F (71°C) for 8 to 10 hours. Alternatively, bake the pear slices at your lowest oven temperature until the pears are dry when you squeeze them. If you are in a humid climate, you may have to dehydrate the pears for up to 12 hours. Store the pears in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.
Feel free to use whatever superfood powders are available in your area! The more sugar you use, the shinier your pear slices will be.