To prepare the filling, place a large saucepan over a medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the pears, water, lemon juice and zest and sugar to the saucepan cook stirring occasionally until just soft and caramelised - this will take 5-7 minutes
Remove the pears and any caramel from the saucepan and place in a large ceramic bowl. Add the almonds, dates, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until combined. Set aside until required
Meanwhile, lightly grease a flat baking tray and place down one sheet of filo pastry. Brush with the melted butter, then place another sheet on top. Repeat with the remaining 2 sheets of pastry
Leaving approximately 4cm on all edges of the pastry, lay the pear mixture along the length of the pastry sheets. Fold over the sides and edges and roll the pastry until you reach the end. Brush over the remaining melted butter
Place the tray into the pre heated oven and cook for 45 minutes or until heated through and lightly golden. Slice and serve warm with lots of ice cream
Recipe by David Bitton
David Bitton was born in Paris in 1968 and began his apprenticeship in La Colombes, Paris, in 1984 at the age of fifteen. His love of old and established fine dining rooms took him to The Grande Dining Room at the elegant Windsor Hotel in Melbourne. In 1994, David was chef de partie at The Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, quickly becoming head chef at the famous Gekko Restaurant in 1996.
In 2000 David and his wive's dream of owning their own café became a reality when they opened Bitton in Alexandria. To supplement the food at the café, the now famous Strawberry and Vanilla Jam was created and the journey of their amazing success story began.
In 2010 David celebrated ten years in business with the launch of his first book, Bitton, A French-inspired café cookbook. The book has been an outstanding success in its quest to bring real food from the iconic café and David’s background into people’s kitchens and he has sold an unprecedented 60,000 copies.