Writer and lifestyle expert, Kristin Eriko Posner, loves setting out latkes, like this mochi flour version, with lots of toppers for guests to build their own. It makes for an interactive element to your gathering.
In a large saucepan combine 1 pound cored Asian pears, 1 small cored Fuji apple, 2 tablespoons water, 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, 30 to 40 minutes or until fruit is very soft, stirring every 10 minutes. Uncover. Let cool. Transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth.
Sift 1 teaspoon culinary matcha powder into a small bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Sprinkle over latkes just before serving.