Star Anise Poached Pears
Here is a delicious example of eastern spices used to complement a western dish. Recipe edited to add sugar (which was left out).
- Ready In:
- 2 tablespoons water, plus
- 1 1⁄4 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 3 whole star anise
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1⁄2 vanilla bean, cut cross wise in length
- 4 medium firm but ripe Anjou pears, peeled, quartered, cored
- Combine sugar 2 tablespoons water, star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean in a heavy large saucepan.
- Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
- Increase heat and boil with out stirring until syrup turns a deep amber color, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 9 minutes.
- Remove from heat add 1 1/4 cups of water (the mixture will bubble vigorously).
- Bring to a simmer, stirring until pieces of caramel dissolve.
- Add pears, cover and simmer until tender, turning pears once about 5 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to bowl.
- Boil liquid in sauce pan until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
- Pour syrup over pears toss gently to coat.
- Chill until cold.
- Serve cold.
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I used beurre bosc pears which needed a lot more cooking (15-20 min) to become tender. The flavour is quite subtle and I wasn't bowled over when I first tasted it. Then I tried it with homemade vanilla ice cream and the combination was really great. The richness of the ice cream complements the pears so well. I recommend not making the caramel too dark. The sweetness was about right.Reply
Actually easy to make. I had to adjust some for the temp my copper pots cook at [they grab heat] but it turned out very well. Loved the flavor which accented the pears beautifully. Right amount of sweetness with the sugar so it creates a nice balance. Depending on how your pan heats, I would recommend watching it rather than timing it. As I said my copper grabs heat and cooks rapidly. The other pans I use didn't. Yes I burned the first in the copper however the time was perfect for my other pans on the second go.Reply
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