Pears are in season. They are so perfect even without any effort, but poaching really creates a healthy guilt free dessert!
Makes 4 Pears for 4 people
Water (Enough so that the pears are sitting in about 1-2 inches of liquid)
Lemon Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
4 tsp sugar or xylitol or other sweetener
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp ground Cardamom or cloves (I actually used whole, then just fished them out at the end)
Peel them pears and scoop out the core with a paring knife (lol). I try to leave the stem on, because I think it looks oh so lovely. But it is totally optional. You can actually just cut them into wedges and make it easy.
Put your lemon juice and sugar and spices in the pot and stir.
Set your perfectly peeled pears in the pot. Pour in the water until you have got about 1-2 inches of liquid surrounding your pears.
Turn the burner to medium high, and bring to a boil, then down to a simmer.
Check them after about 5 minutes. a knife easily pierce the pears. It will probably take about 5-10 minutes or so, but like I said, the ripeness will cause cooking time to vary.
Take out the pears and set them aside to cool.
Keep simmering the liquid until it is reduced to a delicious syrup.
There are so many ways to serve these. Here are my favorites:
Melt a bit of chocolate. Spoon a little into each bowl and top with a pear.
Serve with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle some more cinnamon on top.
Scoop out a bit of homemade or store bought whip cream or even healthier; greek yogurt, set the pear in the bowl, and drizzle the reduced liquid syrup over the whole thing.
I haven’t tried it, but I think that it would be so amazing with a berry sauce some chopped walnuts.
Please let me know what you how you like it!