Author: Mary Schaefer

and Joel Schaefer are the husband-and-wife culinary team behind Chef Joel is the former Special Dietary Manager at Walt Disney World who developed the food allergy program used across the Disney properties and cruise line.

Allergy-Friendly Belle Helene Pear Crepes

This dessert is my modern, allergy-friendly twist on a European classic, Poires Belle Helene, which was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffier and named after the Offenbach operetta La belle Héléne. The original dessert was made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and crystallized violets. The pears are best when prepared the evening before.