Friday, March 23, 2012

Pandan (Screwpine) Poached Pears


There's always the ever now and then baking, baking for me however is akin a hair splitting thingy. Basically patience is the driver to baking (Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Rum Tart & Cream Puffs), I sometimes can't grip my patience (Lemon Bars). Well, you can't blame me because I have a full time job, the other priority is our daily decent meals (Mango Cucumber Yogurt Salad & Fried Mushroom Rolls) and we are not at all into desserts. Desserts only comes into the picture after a pot luck gathering or after entertaining friends (No Bake Cheesecake). I also actually prefer our local desserts (White Fungus Gingko Nuts) especially those I can made with our local ingredients (Pandan Coconut Panna Cotta) instead of paying a fortune for those imported ones (Sago Gula Melaka & Mango Coconut Jelly). Pandan/screwpine leaf is definitely on top of my list as my favourite, so, I gave it a careful thought and instead of red wine poached pears, I did it may way. Soft pears in thick pandan scented syrup. Obviously an invention I am proud of. Hailed!


Ingredients
2 green pears - remove skin.
1/2 lemon - juice out
10 pandan leaves - blend/pulse with 1 1/2 cups of water. Drain to remove the leaves and to extract juice 
3-4 drops of green colouring
1/2 cup of white sugar

Method:
Rub lemon juice all over pear and also save the extra juice.
Into a pot, add pear, sugar, the extra lemon juice and pandan extract.
Simmer until pears are soft and tender.
Remove the pears and place on a serving plate.
Continue to simmer syrup to thicken and pour over pears. 
For easy serving, slice the pears into cubes and serve in a glass.
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29 comments:

  1. Ooohh these are gorgeous! I've never heard of Pandan leaves but it sounds wonderful! I love that you used green coloring, very unique to poached pears, usually they're that deep red from the wine. Pics are adorable!

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  2. This is a unique poached pear recipe. A lot of the ones I see are wine and a spice. However, yours has the elements of sweet as well as tart with that 1/2 lemon, which sounds complimentary for the pears. I also need to look into pandan, never tried it. Have a great day!

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous. What a beautiful green!

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  4. These poached pears are just gorgeous!!! One of my favorite fruits...and I love your twist on the typical recipe :) Well done!

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  5. I agree with Tina, this is a unique poached pear recipe. However I love it because this is some desert which my whole family can eat together. Once I ate pannna cotta with pandan leaves. Since then I have been thinking to make something using these leaves. Great desert!

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  6. Very innovative... you should patent this recipe! hehhee..

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  7. Interesting concept! I don't really fancy poached pear, guess I don't like the extra step, just eat it as it is. Hahaha... me<--lazy! :P

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  8. amazing...it give me a good idea to creative with my food after this...hehehe...want to try it....

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  9. interesting! never thought of using pandan leaves. i've been doing only red wine. will give this a try and serve it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle some pine nuts...

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  10. I am so attracted to that vibrant green color--what a gorgeous dessert!

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  11. Oh Nava, this is such a fantastic twist to the regular poached pear! Sounds so good with pandan! Great job!

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  12. WoW,,,nava you did it again you amaze me with this recipe and yes this poached pear is different and looks so YummY with fresh pandan leaves,well done !!
    Ridwan

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  13. This is a total turnover of the red wine poached pear - I love it so much better because I am seriously partial to green ;)
    Such creativity!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  14. this looks really delicious n very new also....loved it....
    Maha

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  15. oh, cool for summer here! Thanks Nave!:)

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  16. it should b very nice ..
    fragrant with pandan flavour..

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  17. Oh my...luv this fruit serving with pandan flavor...Luks stunning.

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  18. Thanks all you great people for the comments and support, appreciate each one of it.

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  19. hi nava, i would love try this too. then eat cold. The green color of the pandan really comes out very bright and attractive. happy sunday

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  20. ooo...why didnt i think of this! very good idea

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  21. I love poaching pears, but I have the hardest time finding pandan here - sounds like a wonderful flavor combination.

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  22. Your poached pears look so gorgeous. I have never actually poached any fresh fruits before - worry that I'd end up consuming more sugars than I would by eating fruits in their fresh form. However, looking at the above photos, I am curious on the taste of pears and pandan fusion! Interesting. I love how you did the presentation on this one!

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  23. They look delicious and so beautiful!!!

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  24. Wow, it's so refreshing, dear! xoxo

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