Hibiscus and Cinnamon Poached Pears

Oh, the versatility of the humble pear. I feel like poor pears get kind of forgotten here in the UK, what with apples being celebrated in crumbles and pies and bananas in breads (oh the lockdown craze of banana bread). so…

What about pears?

Despite the fact i feel like i’ve lived in London forever, i actually was born and grew up in the South West of England, in Devon. In the summer my dad was quite into visiting nearby rivers and cliff sides, where he used to fish and we had picnics (in those respective places of course, i wouldn’t recommend fishing off a cliffside). One year he took my siblings and i to a fruit picking farm. As a kid this initially sounds extremely boring- i mean, who wants to pick fruit when you could go to the beach and play? But i still remember biting into one of the pears we had picked. It was so honey-sweet and sticky in my fingers, soft inside and somehow solid in my hands. I became a fan of pears that day.

Since then i’ve made a point of poaching pears nearly every year, and have probably combined them with every poach-able ingredient i’ve ever had in my kitchen cupboards.

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Cinnamon, tea and all things autumn

For this particular recipe i used hibiscus tea and cinnamon. Why? Because they both are amazing flavours in the own right, and together! Hibiscus tea is quite fruity and has a floral taste, but its not overpowering. I love drinking it on it’s own and used this blend for poaching with- here is the one i used. Combined with warm and spicy cinnamon, ripe pears absorb every bit of the flavour. Everything about this recipe is autumnal; from the warm colour, seasonal fruit and the flavours involved. Autumn is my favourite season so this is a major plus for me.

I made this particular recipe a couple of times already this year. My last batch was a few days ago. I ended up eating it with ice cream as an after work treat. And again with yogurt in the morning! The great thing about poached pears is its pretty healthy too, so you don’t have to feel bad bout eating it again and again.

Hibiscus and Cinnamon Poached Pears

Girl With The Matcha
For me, poached pears represent all things Autumn and comforting. These poached pears are sweet, fragrant with cinnamon spices, and super quick and simple to make. You can eat with with yogurt, with ice cream, in your morning oatmeal or simply on their own. Simple, healthy and delicious, they make a great dessert, breakfast or snack!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 4 person
Calories 113 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ripe pears
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp loose hibiscus tea
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 500 ml water
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions
 

  • Place all the ingredients in a pan (except the pears), on low heat.
  • Stir slowly until the ingredients are combined, and let simmer.
  • While your liquid is simmering, peel the skin off your pears using a potato peeler.
  • Place your pears carefully in your pan, and allow the pears to cook in the liquid for approximately 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, check if your pears are soft using a butter knife. If it slides through, the pears are done. If not, allow them to simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.
  • Once the pears are done, remove from the cooking liquid. Now they are ready to eat!
  • Serve with yogurt and nuts, ice cream, breakfast oatmeal, or simply eat on their own.

Notes

If you don’t have hibiscus tea at hand, you can use any other fruit tea you like! I’ve tried raspberry, strawberry and even camomile teas (which you can find easily in a supermarket) to be just as delicious! Alternatively you can use frozen berries in place of the tea, which is great as well.
Keyword autumn, autumn recipes, cinnamon, dessert, dessert recipe, easy recipe, fall recipes, fruit recipes, hibiscus, poached pears, quick recipe

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