Chai is one of my favorite things on the planet. I would drink it as a tea, as a latte, as a boxed mix, with a mouse, in a house. The iconic chai flavors go perfectly with poached pears, served up over vanilla ice cream or topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
Pull out this recipe for your next fancy dinner party, to impress your family at a holiday gathering, or to satisfy your sweet tooth on a cozy winter night. Most importantly, use this recipe to enjoy chai on a whole new level!
Chai Poached Pears
- Prep Time:5 mins
- Cook Time:1 hr
- Total Time:1 hr 5 mins
- 4 cups water
- 4 chai tea bags
- 2 peeled pears
- 3 1-inch diameter disks ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients besides the pears in a medium saucepan over high heat. Let the mixture boil for about 5 minutes, remove the tea bags, and boil for 5 minutes longer.
Add the pears to the poaching liquid. Bring the heat down to a steady simmer and cook until fork-tender, about 20 minutes.
Remove the pears and bring the sauce back to a boil, allowing it to thicken and become more of a syrup consistency. This can take up to 30 minutes, but it depends on the texture you desire for the sauce.
Serve the pears over your favorite ice cream with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon. The second best part of this recipe is that you can save your extra chai syrup to make yourself a homemade, better-than-Starbucks chai tea latte later in the week! Definitely a win-win.