• Chai Spiced Poached Pears with Mascarpone

    Full disclosure; I’m a food stylist, not a chef. It’s my job to make food look beautiful but by no means would I consider myself a superstar in the kitchen. Anything that is effortless and elegant is right up my alley - and these chai spiced poached pears are just that. Most of the recipe is hands off and it’s nearly impossible to fail and guaranteed to impress your guests.

    Serves: 4

    • 4 ripe but firm Bosc or D’anjou pears, peeled
    • 1 cup of mascarpone cheese
    • 4 chai tea bags
    • 3 cups boiling water
    • 2 tbs honey
    •  2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 tbs ground cinnamon

    1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add chai tea bags. Let the bags steep for 8-10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in the honey. Add the pears, cinnamon sticks, and add just enough water to barely cover them. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25-35 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Remove the pears with slotted spoon and set aside.
    2. Bring the liquid to a rolling boil. Let boil until syrupy, about 30 minutes.
    3. Place pears in a shallow dish or bowl. Pour some of the warm poaching syrup over the pears and add a spoonful of mascarpone on the side. Dust with cinnamon and serve immediately.

    tip: place the peeled pears in a bowl of cold water to prevent browning. 
    Bon appetit!
    - ashleigh
    **origianl post can be seen here