Vanilla Spiced Poached Pears15.5.10
lately i've been seeing lotsa honey belle pears at the supermarket and for sometime i actually mistook them for forelle pears coz both varieties hv got this blush of red. these are sweet & crunchy and while i totally appreciate the sweetness, i just don't like them crunchy. i really like my pears soft so i decided to poach them. it took me sometime to find the right recipe coz lotsa poached pears recipes use either red wine or dessert wine, something which i do not feel like splurging on at the moment.
i finally found the perfect recipe from helen of tartelette's website, its very simple and only uses the few ingredients like spices, sugar & water. i tweaked the recipe a little and substituted the nutmeg for black peppercorns coz i vaguely recalled this candied orange peel recipe by pierre herme that uses black peppercorns and it was fantastic.
these poached pears are really good! so aromatic and tender i just couldn't get enough of them! hubby, who's usually not a fan of spices asked for second helpings and even suggested i make pancakes and drizzle them with the spiced syrup reduction. ingenious idea, and so i made that and they turned out really yummy!
recipe source : tartelette