now i eat pretty healthily most of the time...so the components of the cleanse do not seem too hard with one exception. giving up coffee...this scares me to death. i drink coffee every day of my life...just in the morning...but numerous cups. we are allowed one cup of green tea each day on the cleanse...but, frankly, this has not made a difference. today is thursday...4 days into the cleanse...and i have had a massive headache each day. monday was the worst and to top off my week, i also started serving on jury duty on monday. of course i was picked...i ALWAYS get picked. so, to recap, monday morning at 8:00 am i reported to service without any coffee. see what i mean about having a tough week? the other side effect of the cleanse...which laura assures us is normal and means that it is working...is that i have been really tired. this means my body has started to "detox".
all of this leads me back to my original point (very long winded path, i know)...why my pear post is late...so here it is: i love pears...especially at this time of year. in honor of the cleanse, i am adding sliced pears to my salads and poaching pears in apple juice with lots of fresh ginger and cinnamon for a cleanse friendly dessert. i continue to produce our fresh pear & vanilla preserves and watch my husband eat some on toast each morning for breakfast...alas, there is organic sugar in the recipe so none for me. for my non-cleansing readers i am adding a recipe i originally published a couple of years ago fresh pear cupcakes with chocolate glaze, a favorite of my family & friends. and, because nothing about them is "cleanse friendly", please enjoy one for me. i have to count down the days until i can enjoy cupcakes. (but honestly...despite my whining...this cleanse is really worth it)
fresh pear cupcakes with chocolate glaze
4 cups fresh pears (cored and roughly chopped)
1 cup walnuts (chopped)
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
chocolate glaze1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp melted butter
3-4 tbsp boiling water
1/8 tsp instant coffee crystals
combine pear, white and brown sugar and walnuts in a medium sized bowl. let stand about an hour. (do not skip this step..this adds to the incredible moistness of these cupcakes).
preheat oven to 350 degrees. spray cupcake pan with a non toxic, organic cooking spray...add paper cupcake liners and spray again.
meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sift together the remaining dry ingredients. add to the pear
fill cupcake sections until even with the top. bake 30-35 minutes until tester inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean. remove from pan and cool on rack. whisk together all chocolate glaze ingredients in small bowl until glaze is smooth and shiny. place a dollop of chocolate glaze on the top of each cupcake.
now it is your turn to participate in fall fest. simply leave your pear tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below, and then go visit the collaborators listed on the blog away to garden and do the same.
the cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. yes, copy and paste them everywhere! that way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.
always...much thanks to margaret roach and deb puchalla for coordinating fall fest 2010. as always...its been a blast.
best and happy cooking!
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