The story of the poached pears started with me hoarding too many pears. After hoarding too many apples and eventually ending up making an upside-down apple crumble, I decided to try the same technique with pears. Of course, at the time I didn't go to the supermarket with the plan of buying far too many pears. But I did. And nobody ate them. Believe me, we tried. We had two pears a day, each of us, for a week and we still had a grand total of 4 pears about to go off. "Don't worry, I'll salvage them", I say like a kitchen hero, who knows how precious fresh food is right now. I mean who knows the next time I'll go to the shop given we are in lockdown here in Dresden. I cannot afford to throw anything out. I mean seriously, I even tried making stir fry with the pear peel. The attempt was disgusting, let's never speak of it again.
So, poached pears. Never been a fan. Wow, I know how to sell you my recipes, don't I? But seriously, me and boiled fruit, not the best of friends. However, you know, they say a little wine, a bit of pear, some sugar and spice, the result is this sophisticated, mouth-watering dessert which is the star attraction for any dinner party. Well, there's just one problem... I have wine, but I'm not prepared to cook with it. I'm in lockdown and I literally run on coffee, wine and bread. (To whom it may concern, please bring back yeast to our supermarkets. We need it to bake bread. Thank you)
And let me tell you sadly, I'm no Jesus, so I have no abilities to make one of something into more of the same. My bottles of wine stay in the fridge. To be fair, even my mushroom risotto has been wine-less for the past two weeks.
But worry not, I managed to invent the best (no, seriously) poached pear recipe you can possibly imagine. It's sweet, spicy, full of intrigue with a dash of citrus. And it has zero alcohol.
Alright, quick Q&A:
Is it delicious? YES!
Is it easy to make? YES!
Any other questions? In the comments below, please!
Right, Cory, but what's that goo underneath the poached pears? I'm glad you asked. Well, I woke up in a happy mood so I made chocolate orange chia pudding to celebrate the Aztecs. So to make it even more fun, I added some poached pears on top of it, because let me tell you, the two together are like a yummylicious couple from a steamy romance. Basically, a match made in heaven.
Worry not, if you don't fancy my poached pears with chia pudding, you can always try them with my chocolate avocado mousse. It's super easy to make, full of protein and just as delicious. And of course, you can always just have the poached pears on their own or with a little whipped cream on the side.
How do we make poached pears? (and save the wine)
Just like God Save the Queen, Cory saves the wine. (If you don't get the reference, God Save the Queen is our British anthem)
To make delicious poached pears, you will need 4 pears, 1,5 litres of boiling water, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cardamon, the juice from half of a lemon (about 3 - 5 tablespoons), 3 slices of orange and 5 tablespoons of sugar.
Bring a pot full of 1,5 litres of water to a boil. Remove from the hob. Mix the sugar into the boiling water until fully dissolved. Then add all the spices, the lemon juice and the orange.
Peel the pears. Be gentle and delicate, you don't want them to break. Add the pears to the spiced water. Put the pot back on the hob and bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
That's it. No, really that's all there is to this. You get amazing poached pears which have a festive taste thanks to all that sugary water full of aromas from the spices.
Not to mention your kitchen will smell a little like Christmas and let's face it, we all need a little pick me up right now.
There's just one more thing: please don't throw away the spicy, sugary water from the poached pears. We will use it tomorrow to make some incredible spiced pear gelatin. After this sweet poached pear with chocolate orange chia pudding dessert, you will want something cool and refreshing. So don't throw it away, and let me show you some magic tomorrow.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.