Ever since I read Carole Walter's recipe for Brioche Buns with Dried Pears and Camembert I couldn't get the combination of creamy Camembert, toasted walnuts and candied pears infused with orange and cardamom out of my head. I think about it everyday but I cannot make it - I haven't got dry pears!
In our local supermarket there is abundance of dried mango, pineapple, banana, cranberries and once I even came across dried kiwi fruit but no dried pears! I looked in all the local supermarkets but no avail. I became obsessed with my search. I went into depression. My world stopped spinning. No, nothing else could substitute. Downright silly, I know.
Then in July, my coworkers Soph and Venna headed off to Sydney to attend a client meeting and yes, they brought me back a small packet of dried pears! Finally I can make Dried Pears and Camembert Loaves.