Looking for a tasty dessert that isn't laden with empty calories? Try these marvelous tea poached pears! They're here just in time for Pear Month!
- 4 pears, peeled, cored, and halved
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 bags of chamomile or green tea
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Bring the water, sugar, and lemon juice to a boil in a deep saucepan. Add the pears and tea bags and poach until the pears are tender, about 12 minutes. Turn the pears with a spoon to ensure even cooking.
- Transfer pears to a plate; discard tea bags.
- Simmer the liquid until reduced to 1 cup. Dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water and stir that water into the simmering liquid. After mixture has thickened, strain it, stir in vanilla extract, and let cool.
- Spoon sauce over each pear and serve.
This recipe makes 4 servings of 1 pear each. Each serving contains 190 calories, 1 gram of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, and 0 mg of sodium. It also has 34 grams of sugars, 4 grams of fiber, 46 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein.
- Mix up the flavor profile by using lime juice instead of lemon juice.
- You can also replace 1/4 tablespoon of the vanilla with 1/8 tablespoon almond extract.
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