Sweet & Spicy Poached Pears

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Poached Pears

In addition to grilled fruit, I've recently unearthed poached fruit. Let me rectify that sentence, I'm afraid the way it's worded is slightly hyperbolic. I mean: I have only poached one type of fruit so far.


Yesterday, I tried poached pears. I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet and spicy flavors and the way the natural flavor of the pear was enhanced.

I poached the pears for about 35 minutes in a broth of 1/2 cup of honey, the zest and juice of half a lemon and an orange, a 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 cups of water, a few dashes of cinnamon and a star anise.

Things that worked well for the dish:
  • That sweet bite that lemon zest adds to the fruit
  • How much softer the fruit was post-poach
  • The added depth of earthiness of the star anise
Things that could have been better:
  • I think the dish would have benefited from a bit of crunch, another texture
The next time I do the pears this way, I'm toying with the idea of sprinkling some brown sugar over them along with pecan pieces or something. Just to shake up the textures a bit.

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