If you want to impress someone with dessert, but have no clue where to start, let me suggest you try to poach a pear.
And now you're skeptical, but a poached pear is essentially just a peeled pear simmered in water, wine and/or syrup. You don't even have to keep your eye on it!
I've been waiting to get my hands on some Dona Chai so I could make these chai poached pears. Dona chai is a chai tea concentrate company based in Brooklyn, NY. I love concentrates because you don't have to steep anything. The concentrate is in a liquid form, ready for everything from sweet recipes to warm drinks.
Dona Chai shines in the poaching liquid for these pears. add a cinnamon stick if you have it, otherwise enjoy these drizzled with tons of caramel or keep it simple with vanilla ice cream.
Chai poached pears
- 3 pears
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup chai tea concentrate (or syrup of choice)
- 1/2 lemon, juice
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
- Caramel, to serve
- Start by peeling your pears. You'll want to keep them whole, but just remove the skin.
- Bring the water, sugar, chai tea concentrate, cinnamon stick (if using) and lemon juice to a boil in a large pot.
- Gently place the pears in the boiling pot. Lower the heat so the liquid only simmers versus a high boil. Allow the pears to poach for ~30 minutes, until soft.
- Remove the pears from the poaching liquid + serve warm with a drizzle of caramel, if desired.