Chai poached pears are a delicious variety to the regular poached pears. They are comforting, sweet, and simply delicious!
I don’t know about you guys , but when it’s winter or fall the first thing I start craving are my moms poached pears. The perfect uplifting, sweet and tasty side dish! I decided to try and make some myself, but with my own twist: Chai spices.
The best way to write blogs, for me, is to write them when I feel inspired. Well let me tell you: that’s exactly how I feel right now! Sunday morning, I have my pears poaching away in this delicious Chai syrup, the whole house smells amazing… It’s actually raining and cold outside, and we don’t have to go anywhere. It’s just me, the boyfriend, our cat and a lazy Sunday today!
Of course, I’m not actually lazy. I have a lot of cooking planned, but to me that’s a day well spent 😉
We typically eat poached pears with main rather than dessert: they match really well with mashed potatoes and a good peace of meat!
Mmmm, poached pears. They bring back so many memories! We have my mom’s poached pears every year for Christmas, in a more ‘traditional’ Dutch way. She uses pink sugar (?) and cinnamon: simple, but so good! I’ve recently tried red wine poached pears as well: indulgent and so rich in flavour.
It reminds me of warming up over dinner after playing outside in the snow all day. You know, I grew up on a farm with my little brother. This meant having to cycle rather far to play with friends, but it also meant that we had so much space. We could go ice skating on the waters around the farm, or we could build imaginary houses and pretend we had a club house. (We called ourselves: club red apple!)
I even built my own restaurant in the hayloft above our kitchen. I would practise walking around with trays and glasses, and I’d serve my guests lemonade in plastic cups. Of course, they had to make a reservation first… And then I’d get mad (at my brother and his friend) when they didn’t show up on time. I was a very flexible restaurant owner :p
I remember using candles to melt marshmallows (that can’t be healthy) and having frozen fingers because we refused to play inside. Some of my happiest memories are from Christmas and December in general: watching tv with hot chocolate and the Christmas tree lights reflecting in the baubles. We were never much of a family to play games, but we did watch a lot of movies. Ohh, how I can’t wait for those days!
How about you? Any good memories with poached pears? And are you looking forward to Christmas?Celebrate the season with these delicious Chai poached pears! @VivianSAACClick To Tweet
Chai poached pears
Let’s share this recipe, shall we?! It’s super simple, it just requires assembling some ingredients and then waiting until the pears poach. Make them with or without sugar: it’s up to you! (and to how sweet your pears are) Let me tell you: the smell is amazing! Mine are still poaching as I’m writing this, so trust me. I know.
Hope to see you again soon!
- Firm poaching pears, 4
- Sugar, 300g
- Peppercorn, 3
- Cardamom pods, 3
- Cinnamon, 1 stick
- Cloves, 3
- Fresh ginger, slice of about 1 cm
- Black tea, 1 bag
- Heat up one litre of water in a large pan. Add the sugar, and stir until dissolved.
- Meanwhile, peel the pears and cut them into quarters.
- Add the herbs and tea to the sugar water, and let this simmer for around 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag.
- Add the pears and let them poach on medium heat for about an hour depending on size and preference. Stir every once in a while, making sure they're cooked evenly.
- Remove the pears from the pan and turn heat to high. Cook for around 20-30 minutes, or until thick enough. Serve syrup with the poached pears and some cinnamon, and enjoy!