Cookbook Challenge: Week 38, Spice

Tea spiced pears

Tea spiced pears
From: Lighten Up

It’s spice week for the Cookbook Challenge and I had SO MANY IDEAS. But guess what else I had a lot of? PEARS. FRIGGIN PEARS. After a brief break from them in my fruit and vegetable delivery box – they reappeared in this week’s box.

So a recipe that used pears that also ticked off this week’s theme? Bonus!

Tea spiced pears

With this recipe, the pears are steamed in a tea, sugar and spice mixture. The book suggested jasmine, but surprisingly (considering I have about 20 types of tea in the pantry) I was all out of jasmine tea. Well, I thought chai tea would be more interesting anyway. And it was! The pears picked up the lovely aroma and flavours from the chai and additional spices. And the house smelt amazing while they were cooking. These pears would make a good light dessert, or perhaps just eaten with porridge or yoghurt.

I certainly won’t be rushing out to buy pears just to make this recipe, but it was a good way of dealing with some of the ones hanging around my house. Fingers crossed that it’s nearly the end of pear season!

Oh, and it’s also my Bro’s birthday today. Happy birthday, Pat! <3 See previous Cookbook Challenge posts here.

Update: See the round up for this week at My Food Trail.

Tea spiced pears

Tea Spiced Pears

From Lighten Up

Serves 4

1 tablespoon jasmine tea leaves (I used chai)
150g unrefined brown sugar
4 pears
2 slices fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise

Place the tea leaves and sugar into a bowl and pour over 1 litre of boiling water. Stir to combine and set it aside for 10 minutes.

Peel the pears and cut them in half. Scoop out the cores and then place into a heatproof bowl. Strain the tea over the pears. Add the ginger, cinnamon and star anise.

Place the bowl into a steamer and let it steam for about 15 minutes, or until the pears are tender.

Scoop out the pears into bowls. Strain the tea into a small pot, keeping the spices, and boil the tea mixture until it has reduced by about half.

Pour the tea over the pears and scatter with the spices.