Macaroon Sandwiches with Poached Pears and Devon Cream
Devon (also known as Devonshire) cream is a specialty of Devonshire, England. It’s the thick layer of cream that's spooned off the surface of heated and cooled unpasteurized milk. It’s very traditional at English tea, served with scones. Here it adds a creamy, slightly tangy dimension to the dessert.
This clever recipe combines two cakes in one: gingerbread and cheesecake. The cheesecake half is light and creamy, with a pleasant tang from quark (a soft, unripened cheese that’s similar to sour cream), while the gingerbread half is fragrant, moist and delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
For a simple but elegant dessert, a basic sponge cake is baked with fragrant almond flour, split in half and filled with a layer of tender pears. Cooked in butter in a covered pan, the pears steam in their own juices, releasing a syrupy sauce all their own.