Poached pear is the perfect dessert to impress your guests without having to spend hours in the kitchen. While traditionally served with vanilla ice cream, "Belle Helene" also goes really well with the irresistible vanilla cashew cream.
Add about 6-8 cups to a large pot, together with the sugar, cardamom and rosewater and bring to a boil.
Add cold water and the juice of half a lemon to a large bowl and set aside.
Slice off the core from the bottom of the pears, using a knife or spoon, and peel them. Right after peeling, rub pears with the other half of the lemon and add to the bowl filled with lemon water.
Then add pears to the boiling water. Place a small plate over the top of the pears to make sure they stay submerged.
Reduce the heat and let pears simmer for about 20-25 minutes until they're soft.
Turn off the heat and let the pears cool down in the stock in the pot.
Soak cashews in hot water for about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse and combine in a blender, together with all the other ingredients for the cream. Blend until smooth.
Roast shaved almonds in a pan with no added oil for about 1-2 minutes.
Serve poached pear with some stock, a tbsp of cashew cream, some nuts and/ or edible flowers.