I poached pears for the first time the other day. They turned out so wonderfully I had to share the recipe with you. As we all know it isn’t exactly pear season – so the stuff you are buying from the stores can be quite firm and not totally ripe yet. These kind of pears are great to poach. They hold their shape and absorb the liquid more readily. They do however take longer. Just pay attention to the fruit while you cook it – when they are fork tender they are done!

1-2 pears, peeled, halved and core removed
4 cups water
1 mint tea bag
3 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar
Splash of wine *optional

While you are halving, coring and peeling your pears – put the water in a saucepan overΒ high heat, bring to a boil then turn down to a light simmer. Add lemon juice and mint tea bag and allow to steep for at least 20 minutes.

Add sugar 1/4 cup at a time – test after each addition until sweetened to your taste. Add pears and cook until fork tender.

Remove pears when finished and set aside. Keep 1/2 cup of the poaching liquid – discard the rest. Return liquid to the pot and boil until thickened into a syrup. Serve warm syrup over pears.