Hey there, Sweetie!
Is it starting to feel like Fall where you are? The temperature is definitely starting to drop around here and I, for one, am taking full advantage of the opportunity to do some Fall cooking. Over the last few weeks I’ve shared two of my favorite Fall recipes Spiced Pumpkin Waffles and a Caramel Apple Bundt Cake and today I’m going to tell you about another one… ginger poached pears.
Now, poaching pears may seem intimidating if you haven’t tried it before, but like everything I cook, we are going to keep it simple…and of course delicious!
Let me start by saying, if you know how to boil water, then you already know how to poach a pear! That’s right, poaching a pear is basically just boiling it in a sweetened liquid, and this particular recipe is made super duper easy by utilizing store bought honey yogurt and ginger cookies as the garnishes.
The finished product doesn’t look easy though, does it?
Now THAT is a good way to impress your friends if I’ve ever seen one. 🙂
Plus, you can do all the prep work for these poached pears before anyone comes over so all you have to do when you’re ready for dessert is plate and serve- which means you can actually enjoy your guests…and their compliments!
Pears are at their peak in the Fall so my inspiration for this dessert was one of my all time favorite Fall treats, ginger cookies! I love those crunchy, spicy little cookies and by poaching our pears in ginger tea we add even more warmth to this dessert.
But enough chattin, lets get cookin!
Here’s what you’re gonna need:
4 pears (I used Organic USA Boscdre)
When picking out pears, determining if they are is ripe is easy, just apply gentle pressure to the narrow “neck” of the pear with your thumb and if it yields to pressure, it’s ripe. Fully ripe pears work fine for poaching, but if they are slightly under ripe they tend to hold their form a little better, so pick your pear accordingly.
2 cups honey greek yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
10-12 store bought ginger cookies
4 cups ginger tea (steep 3 ginger tea bags in 4 cups water according to directions)
If you can’t find ginger tea packets just steep an inch of fresh ginger in 4 cups of simmering water for about 5 minutes, or until very fragrant.
Here’s what you’re gonna do:
Peel the pears (leaving the stem in tact) and core the seeds from the bottom with a melon baller or paring knife.
Combine the ginger tea and sugar in a pot over medium heat until dissolved. Submerge pears in the sweetened ginger tea and slowly simmer for about 20, or until tender.
Remove the pears from tea with tongs or slotted spoon and set on a paper towel to dry and cool.
Continue to simmer the tea over medium heat until reduced to about 1 cup, about 30 minutes. Once reduced, allow the syrup to cool for serving.
While syrup is cooking/cooling begin plating the pears.
Start with 1/2 cup of the honey yogurt on each plate, place pear on the yogurt and crumble 3-4 cookies on top.
Drizzle each pear with 2-3 tablespoons of the ginger syrup and serve!
Be sure to check out more great recipes using USA Pears here!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.