Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Chef Picher Ong's dessert from O Magazine. "Asian pears simmered in wine-spiked, cinnamon-infused black tea". Very simple to do.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 1 1⁄2 inches piece fresh ginger, cut in half crosswise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon allspice berry
- 2 tablespoons black tea leaves, loose
- 4 slices orange zest, about 4 inches long
- 4 large Asian pears, peeled and halved
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. In a large oven-safe saucepan, bring sugar and 3 cups water to a boil over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add wine, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, tea leaves, and orange zest; bring to a boil again. Add pears, remove from heat, and cover; transfer to oven.
- Bake pears 1 1/2 hours, turning every half hour until tender but still crisp.
- Remove from oven; let stand until cool enough to handle. Serve warm in cooking liquid.
Asian pears are just about the only pears I can find this time of year, so I knew I had to try this recipe. The wine and tea syrup is delightfullly spiced. I made this early this morning and served chilled - very good that way and refreshing.
Just delightful! Wine and tea - two of my favorite drinks. They blend beautifully with spices to make these pears absolutely delectable. This is a very easy, very elegant and delicious recipe. Thanks for posting!