What is Poire Belle-Hélène?

Poire Belle-Hélène

Poire Belle-Hélène is the French for “beautiful Helen pears” which is a dessert made out of pears that have been poached in sugar syrup.  It is served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and sliced almonds.

What is the history of this fancy sundae?  Who invented it?

This classic dessert is a creation of the famous chef Auguste Escoffier in the 19th century in Paris.  It was named after an operatta that has been created by Jacques Offenbach in 1864, La Belle Helene.

Making this yummy dessert is simple and only takes a few minutes to assemble especially if you have ready-made ingredients.