Tonka beans – exceptionally tasty, illegal in America (seriously!) and not to be confused with the trucks. It’s a vanilla/cinnamon ish kind of taste, and I’d recommend giving them a go. I bought mine from these wonderful people in Borough Market. If you don’t fancy the trip (or you’re American) – although I recommend you do because they are fantastic – you can use a vanilla/cinnamon blend. Just don’t use too much or you start missing out on the pear flavour.
I sometimes eat this on its own, and sometimes with a bit of yogurt. I’m sure coconut cream would be good too if you’re not into the dairy thing. It’s also quite tasty for breakfast…
Ingredients serves 2
1 tonka bean
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
A bit of honey (if you’re mega strict I suppose you could leave this out, but it’s tastier with it!)
Peel and slice your pears and place in an ovenproof dish. Finely grate in the tonka bean and give it a bit of a mix, then cut the butter/oil into small chunks and chunk that in on top. Drizzle over the honey – you don’t need more than about a tablespoon.
Cover the dish with foil, and bake at 180c for about 20 minutes. If your pears aren’t very ripe you might need a it longer. Easy!