Pears are very underrated in my opinion. While pumpkins and apples get all the credit for being autumn staples, pears are forgotten completely about. It’s crunchy, juicy, delicious, and such a versatile fruit. They naturally complement everything from salads to sandwiches, and tarts, and there are endless options for pear desserts too.
Poached Pears are an easy, stunning dessert to make. Often you’ll see them poached in wine, just to add an Indian twist to this delicious dessert I decided to infuse them with traditional Masala Chai aromatics like ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and black peppercorns. The flavors perfectly emulate what one would hope for in an autumn dessert.
Spiced Chai Poached Pears
- 4 Pears
- 5 cups Water
- 4 Tea bags
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1 Star anise
- 4 pods Cardamom
- 3 Cloves
- 1/2 tsp Black peppercorns
- 1 inch Ginger
- Heat water in a pan, add in the whole spices, sugar, and tea bags. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Wash and peel the pears. Slice off a thin portion from the bottom of the pears.
- Remove the tea bags and gently place them in the pears. Poach the pears for 30 minutes on a low simmer, turning occasionally.
- Gently remove the pears using a slotted spoon. Increase the heat and reduce the chai to a syrup. This should take about 10 minutes.
- Strain syrup into a heat-proof bowl or pitcher to serve alongside the pears. Place pears in a serving dish or bowl. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, and then douse it all in a drizzle of the beautiful chai pear syrup.