Dessert is a slippery slope for many people when they are trying to watch their weight.
I am lucky that dessert is not my thing.
I am not a fan of dessert – eating it or making it. I like this dessert though, because it is easy to make – it is essentially cooking as opposed to baking and the results are magnificent.
Most importantly, this dessert is almost all fruit and so healthful. You can have 2!
This recipe can also be done with peaches – whatever is in season – apples too.
Pears Poached in Chai
The tea adds an elegant complexity to the flavor of the pears
* 2 cups water
* 2 black tea bags
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 large firm but ripe Bosc pears, halved lengthwise and cored
* 1 Stick Cinnamon
* 4 whole cloves
* ½ cup Plain Yogurt (drained over night)
Bring 2 cups water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags. Remove from heat. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add sugar to tea and stir over medium heat until dissolved. Add pears, cinnamon and cloves. Cover and simmer until pears are just tender, about 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pears to a bowl. Boil syrup in saucepan until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Pour syrup over fruit. Chill until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.)
Serve the pears topped with a tbs. of yogurt and the syrup.
Until I eat again!