Cardamom & Saffron Poached Pears

Cardamon & Saffron Poached Pears - These poached pears topped with tea infused whipped cream make a fantastic light dessert.

If I’ve learned anything over the course of running a blog with Bob, it’s that I love dessert. I love making it more than I love eating it, but that’s besides the point. Sometimes when I’m planning I’ll even plan backwards. As in, if we have Chocolate Hazelnut Tart, will we want a nice, light dinner so we can have more tart… So far, we’ve had good results! Our dinner guests didn’t have a speck left on their plates, and that must mean something!

Cardamon & Saffron Poached Pears - These poached pears topped with tea infused whipped cream make a fantastic light dessert.

I’ve never made poached pears, but I knew they would be satisfying, not too heavy, and look cute too. The reduced syrup smelled amazing, and it had the most amazing color, thanks to a small bit of saffron. This is a good one. Bob and I even shared the leftovers today… #healthy2017

Now I feel like all that’s left is to make a cocktail with the reduced poaching syrup! Coming soon…

Shan

Cardamon & Saffron Poached Pears - These poached pears topped with tea infused whipped cream make a fantastic light dessert.

Saffron Cardamom Poached Pears
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Serves: 4 servings
 
A light, simple dessert with a mildly sweet syrup to finish.
Ingredients
  • ½ tbsp cardamom pods
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1½ tbsp fresh lemon juice (plus about one tsp more for whip)
  • ¼ tsp saffron threads
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 4 firm pears, peeled, stems intact
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp tea of your choosing, we used an apple cinnamon Rooibos tea
Instructions
  1. Infuse heavy cream with loose leaf tea, in measuring cup
  2. Gently crush cardamom with a rolling pin to slightly crack open pods without releasing seeds.
  3. Combine cardamom, wine, sugar, lemon juice, saffron, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  4. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Add pears, and add water if needed until pears are completely submerged.
  6. Cover with lid slightly ajar and simmer, turning occasionally until pears and tender but not mushy, about 30 minutes.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a plate.
  8. Increase heat and boil poaching liquid until reduced to a cup, 10-15 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, strain heavy cream through a fine mesh sieve, or cheesecloth.
  10. Whip cream until soft peaks form, add lemon juice to taste.
  11. Spoon syrup over cold or room temperature pears, serve with a dollop of whip cream.

Cardamon & Saffron Poached Pears - These poached pears topped with tea infused whipped cream make a fantastic light dessert.

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