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Chai-poached pears with ginger and honey


Serves: 4
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:
Chai-poached pears with ginger and honey
Recipe photograph by Rob Streeter

Chai-poached pears with ginger and honey

Poach pears in chai spices for an elegant and light dessert with minimal effort and maximum flavour

Serves: 4
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
134Kcal
Fat
0gr
Saturates
0gr
Carbs
31gr
Sugars
31gr
Fibre
4gr
Protein
0gr
Salt
0gr

Natalie Seldon

Natalie Seldon

Natalie is an award-winning food writer, author, cook, and food and prop stylist who's recently published her debut cookbook, The Goodness Of Nuts & Seeds (Kyle Books, £9.99). In her eyes, a home kitchen is a place of creative, enjoyable cooking, which should be simple, fresh and tasty! Visit Natalie's website at Prettyediblestylist.com and follow her @prettyediblestylist
See more of Natalie Seldon’s recipes
Natalie Seldon

Natalie Seldon

Natalie is an award-winning food writer, author, cook, and food and prop stylist who's recently published her debut cookbook, The Goodness Of Nuts & Seeds (Kyle Books, £9.99). In her eyes, a home kitchen is a place of creative, enjoyable cooking, which should be simple, fresh and tasty! Visit Natalie's website at Prettyediblestylist.com and follow her @prettyediblestylist
See more of Natalie Seldon’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • 2cm-piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 strips pared orange zest, plus extra zest to serve
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or 1 vanilla pod, seeds removed)
  • 4 medium pears

Step by step

Get ahead
Keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.
  1. Bring 1 litre of water to the boil in a medium pan, then add the chai tea bags. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags, squeezing any excess liquid back into the pan to extract the maximum flavour, and discard. Add the honey, ginger, orange zest, vanilla paste (or seeds and pod, if using) to the tea, and stir to dissolve the honey. Put the pan on a medium-high heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and halve the pears, leaving the stem intact, and carefully scoop out the core and seeds with a melon baller or teaspoon. Add the pears to the pan, then reduce the heat to a very gentle simmer and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes, or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife.
  4. Carefully remove the pears using a draining spoon, and put in a bowl or shallow dish. Lift out the ginger and orange zest and discard. Bring the liquid to the boil, and boil briskly for about 25 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to about 200ml. Pour it over the pears and leave them to cool and infuse in the chai syrup. Chill until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, put 2 pear halves in each bowl, and spoon over some of the chai syrup. Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche, vanilla yogurt or mascarpone, plus a scattering of orange zest.

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