Cravings: Seattle pear dishes
The pancetta-wrapped pears at Pair (no pun intended) constitute a decadent pre-entrée bite. Served in a wine and ginger reduction and topped with a sprig of parsley, this savory/sweet combination celebrates the pear in all its glory. $6. Ravenna/Montlake, 5501 30th Ave. NE; 206.526.7655; pairseattle.com
The melt-in-your-mouth caramel pear brûlée crêpe starts with a base of caramelized apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then the crêpe is decorated with fresh pears and raw sugar, and torched for brûlée-style crunch. It’s topped with fresh whipped cream and rich caramel sauce. More, please! $7.95. Queen Anne, 706 Taylor Ave. N; 206.284.1015; citizencoffee.com
Cooked in a fragrant clove and cinnamon port sauce and then slipped over Husky Deli ice cream, the poached pear at Phoenecia is a heavenly mix of warm and cool sensations, and sweet, robust flavors. $8. West Seattle, 2716 Alki Ave. SW; 206.935.6550; phoeneciaseattle.com
ESSENTIAL BAKING CO.
For a heartier treat, Essential’s holiday-inspired Sweet Perrin bread is packed with hazelnuts, figs and, of course, freshly baked pears. $5.99/18-ounce loaf. Multiple locations, including Georgetown, 5601 First Ave. S; 206.545.3804; essentialbaking.com
The pear tart at Dahlia is a simple, succulent dessert. A golden poached pear is perched atop fluffy puff pastry, drizzled with caramel sauce and splashed with a dash of almond cream in a softly satisfying finish to any meal. $8. Downtown, 2001 Fourth Ave.; 206.682.4142; tomdouglas.com
The upside-down ginger pear cake, a seasonal favorite, is a moist and sweet dessert topped (or is it bottomed?) with slices of fresh pear and just the right amount of gingery snap. $3.50/slice, $4.50/small cake. Multiple locations, including SoDo, 1943 First Ave. S; 206.623.0919; macrinabakery.com