Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/4 cup water

  2. 1/4 cup sugar

  3. 1 vanilla bean, scraped

  4. 1 tablespoon orange liqueur

  5. 6 ounces dried pears, roughly chopped

  6. 1 1/4 ounces walnuts, toasted and finely chopped

  7. 25 to 30 wonton wrappers Bowl of water, for sealing wontons

  8. 1/2 gallon vegetable or peanut oil , for frying

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring water and sugar to a simmer , stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla bean scrapings and orange liqueur. Place pears in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down the bowl if necessary. Add the sugar syrup and pulse just until combined. Transfer the pears to a bowl and stir in the walnuts. Place the mixture in the refrigerator to cool completely, approximately 1 hour. The filling may be made up to 1 day ahead of time. Heat oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven to 360 degrees F. To form the dumplings, remove 1 wonton wrapper from the package, covering the others with a damp cloth. Brush the edges of the wrapper lightly with water. Place 1 teaspoon of the pear mixture in the center of the wrapper. Fold over the edges, seal, and shape as desired. Set on a sheet pan and cover with a damp cloth. Repeat procedure until all of the filling is gone. Gently place the wontons in the oil, 7 to 8 at a time. Fry until golden, approximately 2 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack set in a sheet pan lined with newspaper and let cool at least 5 minutes before serving.


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