Desserts have a unique way of wrapping us in a comforting embrace and transporting us to a world of delight. If you're looking for a simple yet delicious dessert to bring to your next party or holiday gathering, then look no further than this blog post. Today we’ll be walking you through how to make Poached Pears with Juniper's Secret Meeting Tea Blend. This enchanting dessert, infused with the exquisite combination of ginger, mint, rose petals, damiana, lemon balm, and cardamom, is best served with a dollop of yogurt or a scoop of ice cream, and if you have leftovers the next morning it can even be made into a nutritious breakfast if mixed in with oatmeal or nuts.
- 4 ripe pears
- 2 cups of water
- 2 Juniper's Secret Meeting tea bags
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 lemon (zest and juice)
- 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp of vanilla extract)
- Greek yogurt or ice cream for serving
Step 1: Choose the Perfect Pears
Start by selecting ripe, but still slightly firm pears. Bosc or Anjou varieties work wonderfully for poaching, as they hold their shape and absorb flavors beautifully.
Step 2: Prepare the Tea Infusion
In a saucepan, bring two cups of water to a gentle simmer. Add the Juniper's Secret Meeting tea bags and let them steep for about 5 minutes. This infusion will lend a unique blend of flavors, combining the warmth of ginger, the freshness of mint, and the sweet, fragrant notes of rose petals.
Step 3: Create the Poaching Liquid
Once the tea has infused, remove the tea bags and add sugar, a cinnamon stick, the zest and juice of one lemon, and the seeds scraped from the vanilla bean (or vanilla extract) to the tea. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the flavors meld together.
Step 4: Peel and Core the Pears
While your poaching liquid is simmering, peel the pears, leaving the stems intact. You can also core them from the bottom to create a flat base for serving.
Step 5: Poach the Pears
Gently place the pears into the poaching liquid. Cover the saucepan and let the pears simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until they are tender. The time may vary depending on the ripeness of your pears.
Step 6: Cool and Serve
Once the pears are tender, remove them from the poaching liquid and allow them to cool. The poaching liquid can be reduced further to a syrupy consistency if desired.
Step 7: Present the Delight
Serve the poached pears warm or chilled, depending on your preference. For the ultimate indulgence, pair them with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt. The choice is yours.
Step 8: Drizzle with Reduced Poaching Liquid
To elevate the dessert, drizzle the reduced poaching liquid over the pears and ice cream or yogurt. This syrup captures the essence of Juniper's Secret Meeting tea blend, infusing your dessert with its enchanting flavors.
Step 9: Enjoy Your Culinary Adventure
Sit back, relax, and savor the symphony of flavors that envelop your taste buds. The warmth of ginger, the freshness of mint, and the sweet elegance of rose petals, damiana, lemon balm, and cardamom will take you on a journey of sensory delight. The combination of warm, poached pears and the cool, creamy accompaniment creates a beautifully balanced dessert that's both comforting and refreshing.
This exquisite dessert, infused with the aromatic charm of Juniper's Secret Meeting tea blend, is a testament to the transformative power of tea in culinary creations. Whether you choose to enjoy it with yogurt or ice cream, it's a celebration of flavors that will leave you craving for more. So, go ahead, whip up a batch of poached pears, and immerse yourself in a delightful culinary adventure that will have you coming back for seconds.