Looking for a simple, healthy dessert for Thanksgiving this year? These chai poached pears are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal! They are sweet and bold in flavor, and a classy treat when you’re trying to impress your guests. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make!
Recipe courtesy of Celebrations by Danielle Walker.
8 cups water
8 black tea bags
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 whole star anise
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 ripe but firm Bosc pears
2 Tbsp raw pistachios, lightly toasted and chopped
How to Make It
- Combine the water, tea bags, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon stick, pumpkin pie spice, star anise, and vanilla extract in a large saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Steep over low heat for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, then return the liquid to the pan.
- Peel the pears and core them from the bottom, leaving the top stem intact. Place them in the pot and bring the tea back to a low boil.
- Poach the pears over medium-low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until tender. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pears from the cooking liquid and place them in servings bowls. Increase the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to a syrup.
- Spoon the syrup over the pears and into the bottom of the bowls. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted pistachios.
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