Bon Appétit | March 2011
by Marlena Spieler
yield: Makes 6 servings
active time: 20 minutes
total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms
6 unpeeled pears (such as Bosc or Bartlett), quartered, cored
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 12-ounce package frozen blackberries
1 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese, crème fraîche, or vanilla ice cream
Ingredient info: Look for dried lavender blossoms at ssupermarkets, farmers' markets, and natural foods stores, or order them from deandeluca.com.
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Grind first 2 ingredients in processor until lavender is finely chopped. DO AHEAD: Lavender sugar can be made 1 month ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Generously butter large rimmed baking sheet. Toss pears, lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons lavender sugar in large bowl. Transfer pears, 1 cut side down, to baking sheet. Roast 20 minutes. Turn pears, placing other cut side down. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon lavender sugar; roast 20 minutes. Turn pears, skin side down. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle pears with 1 tablespoon lavender sugar. Broil until pears begin to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Arrange berries around pears; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon lavender sugar. Broil until berries begin to release juice, about 5 minutes.
Divide pears, berries, and juice among bowls. Top with dollop of ricotta and serve.