Hibiscus poached pears are a unique dessert that is simple to make and delicious. It’s a great way to use pears while they are in season.
There is nothing quite like a freshly picked pear right off the tree. Here in Oklahoma, you will start to find fresh pears the end of summer and the start of fall.
They are often quite plentiful and while delicious eaten plain you may also want to use them in different recipes to change it up a bit.
Pears have a natural sweetness that works really well with desserts. You’ll find them in pastries and other desserts during the months they are in season.
Another way to eat pears is to poach them. They can be poached in all kinds of things like wine and other sweet liquids. A unique option is hibiscus poached pears. Hibiscus has a tart, almost-cranberry like flavor that is nice with the pears.
What is Poaching?
You’ve likely heard of poaching an egg but poaching can be used to cook many things. Everything from chicken to fruit.
Poaching is a cooking technique that involves submerging food in a liquid at a relatively low temperature. Because it’s a lower temperature it works well for delicate foods like fruit, eggs, and fish.
Milk, broth, water, and wine are all commonly used liquids for poaching. Herbs, teas, and other things may be added to the liquid to add more flavor.
Fruit like this poached pear recipe is a great way to get started with poaching. Once you make this recipe you can start experimenting with other flavors and fruits.
You can use this same recipe with different liquids and different aromatics as a good starting point for your experimentation. If you try a different combo be sure to leave a comment sharing what you tried and how it was.
- Place all ingredients, except for the pears in a saucepan. Make sure the saucepan is large enough for the pears to fit in.
- Bring the water to a boil while stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let simmer.
- While simmering, peel the pears, cut them in half, and core them.
- Lower the pears carefully into the poaching liquid.
- Let pears simmer (medium-low heat) for 20-30 minutes.
- Allow the pears to cool in the poaching liquid and serve cold.
- If desired, sprinkle with cocoa powder or drizzle with melted chocolate chips and serve with plain yogurt.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 3gSugar: 81gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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