Monday, September 10, 2012

Saffron & Cinnamon Poached Pears

Isn't the same red wine poached pear again and again so boring? Honestly, for me, it is. But I still for curiosity sake googled, and millions of red wine poached pear recipes pop out. Popped!! In fact, almost all the recipes are the same. Dang! Thus, I decided to distance myself from copycats to invent my version akin the Pandan Poached Pears (Pandan/Screwpine Cheesecake). Additionally, I don't believe in sweating profusely in my hot as furnace kitchen for the sake of making desserts, let it be the savoury (Bonda/Fried Potato Balls) or sweet types (Cherry Vanilla Rice Pudding & White Fungus Gingko Nuts). Okay, perhaps sometimes I don't mind (Lemon Bars & Marble Cake), nevertheless, making these tender melt in the mouth and scented alongside cinnamon and saffron strands poached pears is pretty much quite straightforward. Whether you agree or not, I am sincerely hoping you will try it out. Thank you.

3 green pears - peel, either all of the skin or to create a pattern but leave the stems intact.
A pinch of saffron strands 
3-4 small sticks of cinnamon
1/2 lemon - squeeze the juice out and peel the skin into small pieces (without the white bitter part)
1/4 cup white/brown sugar 
2 cups of water.

Rub lemon juice all over the pears.
Add all ingredients into a pan (including the pears and lemon skin) and simmer.
Continue to cook, turning the pears occasionally so that they become evenly saturated. 
When the pears are tender, remove and place on a serving plate.
Continue to simmer the syrup, depending on how thick you like it to be, 
Pour over the pears before serving. 
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  1. Saffron is one of the most versatile spices around & I must commend u for the clever use of this on your dessert :)

  2. Oh I love a good poached pear and the flavors of these is outstanding! The color is gorgeous and would blow away dinner guests! Beautiful!

  3. looks a very nice dessert..
    last week my wife make some pear soup...

  4. So interesting this pears...saffron and cinnamon...looks beautiful Nava :)
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

  5. Beautiful, perfect, and delicious.

  6. it;s such a lovely idea. Hmmm making pattern of the skin...never tjought of that before :)

  7. Stunning, Nava! I made poached pears to share this week, but the saffron added to yours make these breathtaking!

  8. These pears look incredible my friend, the saffron must really add to their wonderful flavour :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Nava, I have seen poached pears before, soaked in chocolate or various liqueurs. This is one of a kind with lemon sugar syrup and saffron has truly won my heart. love the color.

  10. Using saffron is a brilliant idea. The usual poached pears look really ugly:(

  11. Cinnamon - yes! Saffron and Cinnamon - WOW! Great combination, Nava!


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