Monday, August 15, 2011

Poached Pears

- Firm Pears ( I used the bosc variety) Peeled and cored, sliced, halved or whole.

- Enough water to fill saucepan

- 1 cup sugar

- Vanilla bean

- Cinnamon stick, Star anise, Slices of Ginger, Allspice berries, peppercorns, whole cloves.

Or instead of the above you could throw in a dash of chinese 5 spice and a cinnamon stick and whole cloves or ground of either.

Set the pears in the liquid and bring to a low boil/gentle simmer and allow to poach for 15-25 mins.

To prevent pears from floating place a round piece of parchment on top of the liquid to fit inside the pot, and cut a hole inside so it's like a donut to prevent steam buildup.

When they're tender remove from heat and serve warm with a dessert or on ice cream.

Here I served it with a creme brulee ice cream.

Store the pears in the fridge in some of the liquid and store the rest for drinks, it is very flavourful but strain out the spices.


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